Friday, 5 October 2018

Gingham, Tartan or Plaid?

Do you know the difference between Gingham, Tartan or Plaid?

I have learnt that Gingham consists of one colour (on a background), where the others use multiple colours. I found a useful website HERE which explains it.  I have to say I do love Gingham designs - they remind me of summer tablecloths, jars of jam and all things home-made.

So it was not difficult for me to choose this background stamp when it became available in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue. It's called Buffalo Check and is available in wood or clear mount format.

Officially, Buffalo Check is "large blocks formed by the intersection of two different colour yarns, typically red and black" (source

I chose the Buffalo Check stamp for our coffee and card designs as it is so versatile, and you can use almost any colour combinations with it. Here are some designs I made this week:

Some as you can see are single colour + white (Gingham) and the others are tartans.

This is a single background stamp, with the addition of ribbon or baker's twine and a punched out sentiment to match. I think my favourite of the above samples is probably Garden Green and Real Red Christmas card, followed by the traditional red/white gingham. 

I used our 1/2" circle punch to make the little cut outs on either side for the twine/ribbon to slot into. All of the above were made with our Whisper White notecards and envelopes which are currently on offer until 7th October at £5.40 for 20 cards + 20 envelopes.

Here are just a few of the designs made by some of our attendees at coffee and card:

 So versatile - why not treat yourself to this stamp soon?

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

World Cardmaking Day - enjoy extra discount

As a worldwide company, Stampin' Up! celebrate world card making day by offering 10% discount off some of our product range. This offer runs between 1st - 7th October and is valid for all types of order; in person, email or online.

    My top picks:
  • Notes of Kindness Card Kit £33.00 £29.70
  • Petal Palette Stamp set (clear mount) £33.00 £29.70
  • 12" x 12" Whisper White cardstock £7.25 £6.53
  • Whisper White Notecards + Envelopes £6.00 £5.40
  • Dimensionals £3.75 £3.38
  • Mini Dimensionals £3.75 £3.38
Normal postage rules apply (online £4.95 per delivery), class delivery Free

For full details, CLICK here to view the PDF.

To see the items online, CLICK here

Happy shopping !

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Wishing You Well - an all occasion stamp set

Hard to believe we are now in September, which means the launch of our new Autumn/Winter catalogue. Summer has been manic for me, so I apologise for the lack of regular posting during this time. I will endeavour to catch up in the next 2 weeks.

However, I would love to share with you now our coffee and card samples this week. I have decided to work backwards, as I still have loads to share, I just hope that doesn't confuse anyone too much.

Wishing you Well

A fantastic, all round stamp set from Stampin' Up!, and one which I spotted as soon as I saw the catalogue. I knew it would be popular - a great "stamps, ink and paper" set, easy to use, great for beginners and experienced stampers alike.
Here are 2 cards I made on Monday:

The clever stamp design means that the bouquet and the wreath you can see above are just stamped once. The shading is all done for you by the stamp. I used Mossy Meadow ink on the left hand card, and Old Olive on the right. The seasons greetings stamp on the left is included in the stamp set. Just a friendly hello comes from Another Wonderful Year - a fantastic sentiment set from the annual catalogue.

Whilst stamping, I decided that Autumn colours would look nice with this set, so I made a card from the same design (thanks to the Stamparatus which made it so easy), but using Early Espresso and Crushed Curry inks. I LOVE the final result. That bow looks so realistic at a glance until you look closer and realise it is stamped, and not real ribbon.

All of the above cards were stamped directly onto our Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes. To take a better look at the stamp set, I have added the details here:


The four sentiments which are included in the set are:
  • Seasons Greetings
  • Just a note
  • Wishing you well
  • Sending you our thoughts and prayers
 Just a note is a favourite sentiment of mine, as you can use it for all types of occasions, thank you cards, thinking of you and even just a note of course!

Below is a photo taken from the new catalogue, showing the bows which have been used as a background stamp, as well as the addition of that sweet gold thread.

Wishing you Well stamp set with Jemini Crafts
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this stamp set in use, there are more samples on my Facebook page, which you can go to directly here.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Coffee and Card Locations

I must be one of the luckiest people around! Twice a week I get to spend time with some lovely people at my coffee and card sessions - and not only that, the two venues I work with are such a delight, with the perfect atmosphere, superb, personal service and great coffee!

I thought it was time I gave both venues a shout out!

Monday mornings in Towcester

So, our Monday morning sessions are held at 185 Watling Street, Towcester. It is easy to find, right on the main road through Towcester (Watling Street) with free parking available nearby. Tori is our breakfast manager and looks after us - usually knowing exactly what drinks we want to order as we come through the door. How is that for service! Our numbers here vary from 8 people up to 16 people per session. During the school holidays we are often joined by some lovely young local teenagers, as you can see below.

Here is a photo from this week's session:

We meet every week throughout the year, including most Bank Holiday Mondays.  I advertise our planned projects on the local Towcester Facebook Groups - so you can always check there and see what we are doing. These are:
The Towcester Community Events Group
Our card designs for the two sessions each week are usually based on the same design.
Our design this week (14/08/2018) was inspired by Stampin' Star Creations, using stamps from Oh So Eclectic to create poppies.

Wednesday mornings in Brackley

Our second location is Hummingbirds Bistro, Market House Courtyard  in Brackley.  A great setting, with our lovely hosts Nicky and Tracey who look after us; re-organising tables and chairs to accommodate us all. If you have never tried Iced Latte, then this is the place to give it a go, not to mention the famous Hummingbird Cake (available fresh on Thursdays).

We have mostly locals for this event, as it is in walking distance of the majority of Brackley, and our numbers vary between 10 and 16 each week. This session has to have the widest range of ages for our attendees - from 3 years through to 92 years of age! We also have visitors from the Banbury area join us on a regular basis. Here is a photo of this week's session. You can see Nicky serving us, with Tracy heading out of the door!

Coffee and card sessions every week with Jemini Crafts

Coffee and card sessions every week with Jemini Crafts

Looking at our coffee and card setup from the other end of our tables at Hummingbirds Bistro, Brackley, 

We were lucky enough to be filmed professionally at Hummingbirds 2 years ago, and you can see the 5 minute videos on You Tube, on the Stampin' Up! UK channel

If you would like to join us at coffee and card soon, please just comment below or email me. .

Friday, 17 August 2018

Speedy card making - even late at night.

I love being able to make a set of cards quickly and easily, and the latest tool from Stampin' Up! the Stamparatus is a great help when you want to turn out repeats of cards.

I was desperate to use this new stamp set (available to order from 5th September) after one of my team, Sam, created a great "make and take" at our team meeting last week.  The set is called 'Wishing You Well' and features a beautiful wreath, a floral bunch, flowers and a stunning bow. The four sentiments in the set give you a variety of uses too.

Here is the stamp set and my finished sample:

Wishing you Well will be available to order from 5/09/18

I used Pear Pizzazz ink for the floral section, with Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape for the flowers, sentiment and bow. I also decorated the envelopes to match. Here are my finished stack of cards, I made these late at night (mainly because I fell asleep on the sofa earlier in the day), but with the Stamparatus it is so quick and easy to create multiple cards, as everything is set up once, and you just stamp, change the base card, and stamp again!

Wishing you Well will be available to order from 5/09/18 to order this set from 5th September 2018
This style of stamp is called a DistINKtive (c) stamp, as it features the detail in the stamp to create the impression of depth of both the floral spray and the ribbon bow. I have found the darker the ink you use, the more stunning it becomes.  You will find these new style stamps in our current annual catalogue as well as our forthcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue.

The cards I have used are pre-scored and pre-cut and these are our Narrow Whisper White cards. You can buy them in a pack of 20 cards + 20 envelopes for just £7.50, The card size is 6.4cm x 11.4cm - perfect for little thank you cards. In fact, I shall be using these cards for my customers in August, as each person who orders through me receives a handmade card. They are on page 193 of the annual catalogue, photo below.
 I will share the Christmas Wreath version with you next week. Thanks for taking the time to visit us today. Hope to see you again soon. I will also upload a video version of how to make these cards. EMAIL ME if you would like to be sent the direct link.
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