Stampin Up Valentines Day – not just for Valentines!

Happy Valentines Day everyone, Stampin Up style!

Heart Valentine card

I LOVE the Bloomin’ love stamp set and Bloomin’ Heart Framelits set ūüôā ¬†And for the day of love, what better than to share a Valentines Day card with you, but not necessarily for your other half, for a friend that means the world to you. ¬†Lots of shimmer and glitter with this card in the Blushing Bride glimmer strip down the bottom, the Wink of Stella that you can just see on some of the flowers and some Blushing Bride sequins to add some more decoration to the edges. ¬†A couple of rhinestones and you’re all blinged out!

I was a little hesitant to buy this set as I thought – well it’s just for Valentines Day and I only make one card! ¬†But then I challenged myself to use the set for other occasions and I’ll share these with you over the coming few days. ¬†Shall we say wedding, anniversary, and just because….

The delicate detail in the die-cut is just amazing and I immediately thought of wedding stationery. ¬†And then it dawned on me how many of those you would have to cut! ¬†Although I have to say with the addition of the Precision plate and this dandy little brush below, it’s all a lot, lot simpler than it used to be, so not such a daunting idea

Brush to get bits out of die cuts

Don’t forget that you only have until the end of tomorrow to buy the three Sale-a-Bration items that are¬†below and then they will be GONE FOREVER! Shop by clicking HERE

Stampin Up Saleabration

So, that’s it for today. ¬†I hope that either you or someone you love is treating you to a day of everything you love. ¬†Me, I’ve been loving my Stampin Up stash to create some cards for my wonderful customers, which makes me happy.

Back soon,

Have fun! Natalie xxx

Becoming a Stampin Up Demonstrator

Stampin Up Demonstrator

Just under 8 years ago, I could never have imagined the impact that becoming a Stampin Up Demonstrator would make to my life.

I had started cardmaking 20+ years ago, been published in Cardmaking magazines and even been the Editor of several high street crafting magazines too – yes, I put together the first copy of Simply Cards and Papercraft and featured in the first issue of Quick Cards Made Easy, both that are still around today!

However, whilst this might sound like every crafters dream, being involved 24 / 7 and producing projects to specific instructions, took away my hobby.  So much so, that when I stopped being an Editor, I stopped my hobby all together.  For about 18 months.

I had been running a local scrapbooking club, but it had become more of a social gathering whilst I had lost all my interest in crafting. ¬†Then one of the group suggested a Stampin Up Demonstrator come along for one of the nights. And my interest was peaked! ¬†Oh My! – co-ordinated craft supplies, how easy is that? ¬†Previously, it had taken me forever to pick out things that matched and now, here was a company that took away the need to buy 200 different coloured bits of green card just to find one that matched my¬†patterned paper, they told me¬†exactly what colours to choose! ¬†It was a revolution! And one that got me excited about papercrafting again. ¬†But, what to buy? ¬†I went through the whole catalogue and had a wish list of about ¬£600 – oops! ¬†But don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about LOL! So that night, I just bought the catalogue….that was it, I couldn’t decide.

Stampin Up Starter Kit

So, when I saw the Starter Kit available in the catalogue, it made complete sense to me to buy a starter kit and then I could get a discount off of the rest of my wish list.  Perfect!

Then a friend said she would have a party for me. ¬†I hadn’t even thought about doing parties, I just joined for the discount. ¬†So I did my first party (yes, I was petrified, but loved it!) and earnt ¬£100. ¬†Ooooo, so now it dawned on me that I could earn the money to pay for my wish list! Even better!

And now, nearly 8 years later, Stampin Up is still paying for my wish list and soooo much more besides.

I am rarely one to blow my own trumpet, but I am thrilled with what Stampin Up has brought into my life in the last 8 years. ¬†Not just LOTS of supplies ūüôā but trips around the world, designer handbags, ipads, an income that helps to pay for life’s little extras, not to mention the people that have been brought into my life and become firm friends.

Why don’t you read more about my story HERE and come and join our fabulous group of fellow crafters who are just passionate about crafting and Stampin Up¬†products? ¬†I’d love for you to join us and experience the amazing experiences that I’ve experienced too.

Stampin Up Sale a Bration Become a Demo

And until the end of March, you can pick ¬£160 of goodies from either catalogue, or the Clearance Rack and pay just ¬£99 including delivery to your door! ¬†What’s not to love?

Why don’t you come and join our group of passionate papercrafters who have fun together whilst getting the discount off our goodies – have a look HERE for more information.

Back soon x

Have fun! Natalie xxx

Stampin Up Botanical Gardens Vellum Paper Stack

Another one of the fabulous items available in the Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration promotion is the fabulous Botanical Gardens Vellum Paper Stack.

Stampin Up Botanical Gardens Vellum Paper Stack

Such delicate designs, this paper stack can be used on it’s own or with the co-ordinating Botanical Gardens Suite in the new Spring / Summer catalogue. ¬†You can even add colour to the front or the back of the pages too using either our marker pens or our inks and blender pens.

Stampin Up Botanical Garden Suite

This set is fabulous and is great for both male and female, young and old designs, so really generic.  The stamp set co-ordinate with the framelits but you can also add additional detail to the patterned paper too.

Here’s a video showing you more…

Stampin Up Botanical Gardens

Stampin Up Botanical Gardens

Pop online HERE to order your £45 of goodies and pick your free Stampin Up Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack!

Back soon xxx

Have fun! Natalie xxx

Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration

Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration banner

Wow Рyou guys are loving this years Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration!

What is Sale-a-Bration, you ask?

It’s a promotion that Stampin Up run every year during January, February and March and there are free goodies all around for everyone!Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration Shop

For every ¬£45 that you spend on Stampin Up goodies, you can pick one¬†of a great selection of FREE goodies from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.¬† You can see the catalogue HERE¬†to take your pick.¬† You’ll notice the three items at the back of the catalogue are only available until the 15th February, so if you like those, you need to be quick!¬† You can shop HERE!

Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration HostHost a party or a private class with some friends (and me) and if the total sales on the night are over ¬£200, then you can pick another ¬£20 of freebies from any catalogue ON TOP of the normal hostess benefits! This also applies to those of you with a big wish list and would order that amount to spoil yourself too and why shouldn’t you ūüôā

Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration JoinWant to come and join our fabulous group of Passionate Papercrafters¬†– the Stampin’ Stars? We have a wonderful group of warm, compassionate ladies (and men!) who share your love of papercrafting.¬† You can join us and pick a Starter Kit of your choice of products valued at ¬£160 and pay JUST ¬£99!¬† And you’ll remain as a member of the group until at least the end of July 2016 having access to a minimum 20% discount off of your orders and much, much more! You can join us by following the details on the link on THIS PAGE HERE.

Just ask me for more details on any of the above, I’d love to help you!

So, how about some samples of these lovely Sale-a-Bration FREE stamp sets to inspire you….

This stamp set, The Sky’s the Limit, has been the most popular amongst you so far and is only available until the 15th February, so not much longer and then it will be GONE!

Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration

Back soon xxx

Have fun! Natalie xxx

Stampin Up End of Year Sale


Stampin Up End of Year Sale

Wooo Hoooo Рcan you believe that Stampin Up have announced an end of year sale starting TODAY!  And it includes some of the Retiring products from the existing Autumn / Winter catalogue.  There are sure to be some sellouts, so have a quick look and if there was something that caught your eye, then you need to be quick as these sales have a habit of making things go out of stock QUICKLY!

Find out more info HERE or by clicking the image above to be taken to the sale NOW….

And for some more Christmas inspiration as it’s just two more weeks to go….

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Have fun! Natalie xxx

Stampin Up stamps 20% off and Retiring List

20% off Stampin Up Stamps

Wow, I have just returned from a weekend in Brussels and have lots to share but more of that later in the week.

Today Stampin Up have announced that we have a FIVE DAY sale on 17 stamp sets.  So starting right now and lasting until Friday, have a look at what is available by clicking below here:

20% off Stampin Up stamp sets

Stampin Up Retiring ListBut hold on to your hats!¬†Before you hit that BUY IT NOW button, Stampin Up have also released the Retiring list for the Autumn / Winter catalogue.¬† This is a new thing and some items will be now be available on a WHILE STOCKS LAST on the items you can see by clicking on the link below.¬† These are products that will not be carrying over to the new Spring / Summer catalogue in January, so if there is something that you want, you really shouldn’t hold on too long as once these have gone, they will be gone and you won’t be able to get them again.

Stampin Up Retiring List for the Autumn / Winter catalogue 2015

So, don’t wait around too long – you’ll be wanting to place your order this week for the stamp sets on offer and why not add those retiring items to your order too, to make sure you don’t miss out.

Back soon with some more updates on my time in Brussels, but until then, another card from October’s Flurry of Wishes Card Class.

Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes


Have fun! Natalie xxx

Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes

Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes

Hi all,

I LOVE this Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes snowflake stamp set so¬†I thought I would swing by with another one of my cards from October’s class.

The colours used are Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Smoky Slate Рmy favourite!  A bit of blingy silver glimmer paper and some white bakers twine and we are almost there.  A few rhinestones for even more bling and we are ready to go.

A single layer card that won’t cost much to post and certainly a design that you can do quite a pile of quickly if you are someone with lots of cards to make and post.

I’m getting excited to join lots of fellow Stampin Up demonstrators in Brussels on Thursday as Stampin Up unveil their Spring / Summer catalogue and next years fabulous Sale-a-Bration promotion. ¬†I can’t wait! ¬†Can you believe I’m talking Spring / Summer catalogue? ¬†You’ll be able to see it in January, so believe it or not, not long now!

Back soon xxx

Have fun! Natalie xxx

Stampin Up All Day Christmas Craft Day – bookings close this Saturday


Yes, believe it or not, it really isn’t that long until Christmas!

So why not join me and get your Christmas Crafting started…..

On Sunday 29th November, I will be holding my Annual All Day Christmas Crafting Day Retreat and I’m inviting you to join me and two fellow Demonstrators – Cary & Gill…..(or you can even join us in spirit from your home if need be too this time!)

We will be having three classes, lots of goodies and surprises together with lunch from 10am – 5pm at Maidenbower Junior School, Crawley on Sunday 29th November. The cost is ¬£45 with you receiving a minimum of ¬£40 of fabulousness in your goody bags. Bookings close this Saturday 14th November and you can book your place by clicking on the Paypal link here, just use the drop down box to choose whether you would like to join us in person or whether you would like a Kit in the Post…

All Day Christmas Class

The classes are fabulous and you will make at least 15 cards with some packaging ideas in the mix too – I can’t wait!

Will you join me?

Have fun! Natalie xxx

Where have I been?

Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes

Hmmm, I can see it’s been over a month since I’ve been here – oopps.

I can promise you that I am still here – just about ūüôā

October has been a crazy month for me and I think committing to updating this blog three times a week was a bit crazy too. ¬†So because I couldn’t update when I promised, I seemed to shy away all together – sorry about that.

This whole work / life balance is still getting some getting used to, but I am happy to report that I am BACK!  But I am going to change the way I do some things.

Last week was Half Term here in the UK and I spent a few days away at Alton Towers with the family as we had promised the boys we would take them this year.  It was lovely to get away from it all and we had a peaceful couple of days.

Then I was back for a day of catching up (and washing) and then I took myself off for three days to completely focus on what I wanted to do with my Stampin’ Up! business and I went here to do a business course all about running a business that I love!

Four Seasons Canary Wharf

DWYL1DWYLIt was a wonderfully inspiring motivating weekend that really put some things into perspective for me, so watch out, I’m feeling kind of like this:

Tired of trying to cram

Until next time….

Have fun! Natalie xxx

Stampin Up Buy One, Get one Free event THIS SATURDAY!

Stampin Up BOGOF

I’m soooo sorry, what can I say? ¬†I’m so rubbish ūüôĀ ¬†I think I need to stop making promises I can’t keep LOL!

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here – did you miss me? ūüôā

I seem to forever be saying it’s crazy town and busy busy busy, but I don’t think that is ever going to change so I need to stop thinking there is going to be any down time!

But I wanted to whizz on here and tell you about my World Card Making Day BOGOF event – that’s right, THIS SATURDAY, yes, THIS SATURDAY, I’m running an event on Facebook to celebrate.

That’s right, for every ¬£1 you spend in my Sale, I’m going to give you a ¬£1 to spend on whatever you want from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues. ¬†That’s right – spend ¬£20 on my sale items and you can spend ¬£20 on goodies of your choice from the main catalogue or the new Autumn / Winter catalogue! ¬†Postage cost will be actual cost from me to you ūüôā

Join me HERE to keep notified of what is going on. The action starts at 2pm and there will be bargains galore to be had together with some inspirations, tutorials, prizes and more!

I look forward to sharing some of your Saturday with you xxx

Have fun! Natalie xxx