Thursday, 3 May 2012

Simply Scored

The Simply Scored scoring pad is here! Demonstrators have been asking for a scoring pad for a while now and Stampin' Up! have obviously been listening! It comes marked in inches with an additional plate in cms available to order separately, if you prefer to use cms.

There is also a Simply Scored Diagonal plate (£10.95 available separately). The diagonal score plate goes on top of the Simply Scored board  so that you can score diagonal lines to make your own custom envelopes.  It's a recent edition and didn't quite make it into the Summer mini in time, but if you'd like to order one just send me an email to let me know.

Hopefully, if I have worked out how to embed video, there should be a useful youtube demonstration below of how the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate works. I have mine on order and can't wait to play with it when it arrives.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

New Starter Kit!

 New Starter Kit just £99!

Stampin' Up! have re-launched the Starter Kit. Now for just £99 you can have £130 worth of gorgeous Stampin' Up! goodies plus all that you need to become a demonstrator!

With the new, flexible Starter Kit, you can customise your kit - your way! Each kit contains a business supplies pack (valued at £45 )—things that every demonstrator needs to start her business. After that, the choice is yours. You can choose up to £130  worth of any supplies to create a kit valued at over £175  that still ships for free! Stampin' Up! offers lots of incentives and reward programs for their demonstrators but if that's not for you, and you just want a great discount, then you can still order the kit! There is no requirement for you to host workshops or take it any further if you don't want to. If you do, however, I am here to support you all the way.

And if that wasn't enough join Stampin’ Up! during May and you will receive FREE Registration for this years Stampin’ Up! Convention held 2-3 November in Mainz, Germany, worth an amazing £149! I went to the London Convention a couple of years ago and had a blast. It's a wonderful chance to meet up with other demos, do a bit of crafting and just have a whale of a time.

If you'd like to find out more about the new Strater Kit then please drop me a line:

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Summer Mini Catalogue Blog Hop!

Hi all. One of the things I love about Stampin' Up! is the team spirit that comes from demonstrators all over the country. The launch of new catalogues is always a great example of this and involves the sharing of designs through a blog hop!

If you have come to my blog direct from Laura  then thank you for taking the time to pop by! Laura's designs are just wonderful. It would be lovely if you could take the time to leave a comment so that I know you have stopped by. After visiting here, why not hop on over to Margaret who has some truely gorgeous cards on her blog. There are two groups for the blog hop. I'm in Group 2 and I've listed the first blogs in each group to help you navigate your way around!

Group 1: Alison's blog
Group 2: Emily's blog 

So without further ado, here is my card that I made for the Summer mini blog hop! I hope you like it. I've used the sketch from The Paper Players challenge #92. I'm loving vertical designs at the moment and I just thought this was the perfect sketch to showcase the gorgeous new stamp set Bordering on Romance.

Ohh, and I only noticed when I uploaded the photo but the flowers are pretty darn close to those on my wallpaper!

The colour inspiration comes from the Colour Coach and should have been Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight but I have run out of DD card so I replaced it with So Saffron, which I think works just as well.

I stamped the images in Stazon onto Whisper White cardstock. I then coloured the images in using my blender pens to using the fake watercolour technique. This is a wonderfully simple technique. You just need to squeeze your Stampin' Up! inkpad together and then it will leave a pool of ink on the lid. Pick up this ink with your blender pen and colour in your image. I then added further definition using the marker pen in the same colour and blended it with the blender pen. The whole image is then embossed with the square lattice embossing folder. There is a little pearl in the single flower on the scalloped circle.

Bordering on Romance stamp set (w) 125480/(c) 125482
Card: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink & marker pens: Black Stazon, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Calypson Coral
Other: Pearls
Tools: Blender pens, Square Lattice embossing folder & Big Shot, Scallop Trim border, Scallop Edge border, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch.