Monday, 30 July 2012

Happy 70th Birthday!

I don't know if you're aware but when you sign up to be a demonstrator you sign up under an existing demo who becomes your upline. 

Me and my upline Maggie go back a few years now.  We got together through a scrapbooking forum and I became her adoptive 'mummy' to help her learn the forum and anything else relating to scrapping as she was new to it.  It also helped that she lives relatively close to me.  Fast forward and here we are - she's my 'mummy' in relation to Stampin' Up!  She's there and helps me with all aspects of being a demo - how to fill in forms, when we can order things etc.  She sent me a beautiful gift a couple of weeks ago of patterened paper samples - a great tool for me to use at workshops, classes and parties (I will show it to you at a later date so you can oggle at all the pretty papers!)

What I hadn't quite realised is what a great 'family' I was also signing up under with the Tartan Stampers!  Maggie's upline, my 'Grannie' (Sorry Dawn!) looks after all of her brood and we all chat, and share inspiration.  We have our own trainings - we have a sold out one coming up at the end of September that I can't wait for.  We even have our own mini conventions too - a retreat centering round Stampin' Up! and fun.

These are all fun benefits of joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and come in addition to the discounted supplies for yoruself and the chance to earn not only some extra money but incentive trips like the one just announced to the Western Carribean in 2014!

How can you say no to all that?!  Contact me and I can be your 'Stampin' Up! mummy'!  I will help you choose your starter kit and fill in the forms. 

I can't leave you without a card to see - another oldie off my SD card.  It's only when I look back like this I can see actually how many orders I actually do!  A pretty 70th Birthday card using peg stamps in delicate colours.  I love these stamps as you don't have to worry about placement or overlapping.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Class timetable.

Finally I can reveal my classes for the coming months. Each is £10 and I'm also offering a discounted price of £35 for 4 classes if booked and paid for at the same time.

All are on Wednesday evening, 6.30 to 9pm (ish)

15th August - 2 step stamping ladies & children's cards
22nd August - Christmas in August, a repeat of the Christmas in July for those who couldn't make it.
12 September  - Christmas with Heat Embossing
26th September - Scrapbooking the basics
10th October - Mens Cards
24th October - Christmas in 3d - non-card papercrafts
7th November - More Christmas in 3d - non-card papercrafts
21st November - Your Choice tenchniques - you decide what you want to learn and I'll show you.

Drop me an email to let me know your choices!
Here's a sneaky peek of one of the cards for the first class - 2 step stamping. 

What: A cardmaking class to create 5 stunning cards suitable for ladies and children.

Where: My place - I'll let you know when you book!!

 When: Wed 15th August

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm(ish)

 Price: £10 or £6 when you place an ordr for £45 or more before the class saving £4. Payment must be made in advance.

 Who for: Beginners, old and young and old hats needing some fresh ideas.

 What to bring: Just yourselves although if you have a basic tool kit this will speed everything up!

What if you can't make it? I can send you the kit to make them at your home if you are purchasing the stamp set. Or, I may be able to run the class another day/time if there is enough interest.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Oldies but Goodies

More oldies that I found on the SD card!

This one uses the retired Beware Pirates! stamp set by Stampin' Up along with a computer printed sentiment and some old papers I had from costco years ago.

Remember this one from last year?  Well it was Sarah's birthday again so the owl was this year's card.

I love the owl punch as you can make him look so different each time depending on what colours you use for his tummy and eyes.  I've just finished making about 25 tags  with the little owls on for my craft stall.  It's seriously lacking in stock so I should get on with making lots more - and that's before I start making things for the Christmas season!!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

New baby set

I was looking through my SD card trying to make more room on it to take photos of my son decked out in his scout uniform and kilt for an amazing trip to Switzerland and came across some cards I've not shown you.  These are pre-Stampin' Up! demo status and use lots of non-SU stuff.  I don't see the point of throwing it away when it's still good stuff.  But, I'll replace it with SU stuff which is so easy to use as it's all colour co-ordinated for you!

This was a set of digi print Thank You cards in a giftbag for my daughter's teacher who was leaving to have a baby last year, with a co-ordinating card.  Digi files are so easy to use, especially when you want many of the same design.

This one is a cross between a bit of digi with the fireplace, some old papers and decoupage'd doggies.  The brief for this was a christmas card with a scottie and westie dog on.  I'd had these decoupage sheets for ages so it was great being able to use them at last!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Stamps for sale

I'm having a clear out of my old stamps and retired Stampin' Up! sets to make room for lots of new scrummy sets from the new autumn winter Seasonal catalogue and the new Annual catalogue due out very soon!  I will be adding some sizzix dies later too!

If you are interested in any of these drop me a comment.  Postage at cost will be at cost which I will work out when you tell me which you want.

Retired SU Stamp sets:

Simply Said BN £12
Polkadot Punches £7
Say it with Scallops BN - 1 mounted £7
Oh So Lovely £7
Terrific Tags £8
Eventfull £8
Good Neighbours £8
Birthday Best £5
Frames with a Flourish £15
Fun & Fast Notes £15


No.s 1, 2, 3 and 4 are £2.50 each.  No.s 6 to 8 are £1.50 each.

No.s 9, 11 and 12 are £4 for each set.  No. 10 is £1.50

Set 13 is £3, No 14 is £3 and set 15 is £4

Friday, 20 July 2012

July's Enchanting Offer

I've just received my beautiful free offer from Stampin' Up! for July - some stunning brads and ribbons that co-ordinate with the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Papers.  But silly me didn't order the papers and they're only available for a limited time!  So guess what's going on my next order as a treat just for me. To get these for yourself you just need to place an order of £45 or more with me before the end of July - go on, you know you want to!!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

I'm still doing the fairs!

Although I'm not doing many over the summer I'm still doing craft fairs around Ayrshire:

Sat 4th August              Ayrshire Arts & Crafts Fair, Troon Concert Hall
Sat 1st September         Ayrshire Arts & Crafts Fair, Troon Concert Hall
Sat 8th September,       Glimmercrafts, Kyle Centre, Ayr
Sat 6th October            Ayrshire Arts & Crafts Fair, Troon Concert Hall

Then lots and lots for the Christmas Season!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Fantastic News from Stampin Up!

Great things are happening at Stampin’ Up! We are excited to announce a new catalogue strategy

We are thrilled about these changes, and are looking forward excitedly for the new strategy to begin!

So what are the changes?
Moving forward, Stampin’ Up! will release one annual catalogue, comparable to (but larger than) the current Idea Book & Catalogue, and two seasonal catalogues, comparable to (but larger than) the current mini catalogues.

The annual catalogue will be available at the same time as the Austrailian , and only a month after the release of the North American catalogue. Even better, both the annual and seasonal catalogues will contain almost all of the same products (with some exceptions) that are available in North America! (As far as I can work out it is probably the Design Studio software that we won't get)

The annual catalogue will contain more of our core products, and the seasonal catalogues allow us the opportunity to supplement our core offering with more trendy and seasonal products. Also, the same number of translated/localised stamp sets will be available, but the translated sets will be available in clear-mount only.

Because aligning the markets involves a lot of moving parts, we will be using the 2012-2013 catalogue year as a transition period, and will finalise the alignment with the release of the 2013-2014 annual catalogue.

Here are the details:
Annual Catalogue
  • The 2012-2013 annual catalogue will run from 1 October, 2012 through 30 June, 2013. You may notice that this catalogue will only be live for nine months.  The 2013-2014 annual catalogue will go live on 1 July, 2013, at the same time as the South Pacific catalogue, and a month after the North American catalogue, and the alignment will be complete.
  • The annual catalogue will be increased from 133 pages in the current Idea Book & Catalogue to 204 pages. This increase is to accommodate all of the products that were previously only available in North America!

We are very excited that the new annual catalogue will contain a significantly increased product offering--which will help you appeal to a wider audience--without increasing the catalogue price for you.

Seasonal Catalogues
Just as exciting as the increased product offering in the new annual catalogue, is the fact that now you will also have two larger seasonal catalogues. Both of these catalogues will be available within a month of the North American seasonal catalogues, and will have an almost identical product offering!
  • The Mini Catalogues will be replaced by two seasonal catalogues called the autumn/winter and the spring/summer catalogues.
  • The first autumn/winter catalogue will run from 1 September, 2012 through 31 January, 2013. You will notice that this year the autumn/winter catalogue launches one month prior to the release of the annual catalogue. We chose to make sure you had this new seasonal catalogue during this transition year, even though there is some overlap that will not exist after the alignment is complete.
  • The first spring/summer catalogue will run from the beginning of February, 2013  through 30 June, 2013.
  • The seasonal catalogues will be larger in both size (21.6 cm x 27.9 cm) and page count (about 40 pages) than the current mini catalogues.
I really can't wait for our bigger and better than ever new catalogue in October and our Brand new Autumn/Winter mini in September!!