Project Life Hello December!

For all those who scrapbook and use Project Life, you are going to love this!  I find project life great for when I want to do some quick scrapbooking, I want to scrapbook but I don’t want to think too much! Project Life makes it so easy.  Stampin’ Up! can help you along with scrapbooking the holidays, the Hello December is a great product to add to your list.    We also have a new album (6×8) to match!   The kit is also useful for those of us that also indulge in other papercrafts, using the kit can be useful for a quick card front.


Available now in the annual catalogue is this beauty.  The serene scenery designer series paper stack.  This is  delightful paper pad and I love the colours. Take a closer look in the video below.

Serene Scenery


Have fun!

(¯`’•.¸(¯`’•.¸ Sarah ¸.•’´¯)¸.•’´¯) May the Crafting Mojo be with you! 

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Stampin’ Up! after the Manchester Convention 2013

Well, what a fantastic few days in Manchester.  I have come home with ‘things’, some of which I am unable to show you since they aren’t released yet, sorry.  But, I can certainly tell you with Sale-a-bration coming at the end of January and then we get the next mini catalogue, well, if you want to get your eyeballs on these, click over to my newsletter sign up and don’t miss out.  Early bird catches the worm and all that!  I will be making some projects using the new products, so don’t forget to follow my blog too 🙂

At convention I made some cards for the Stampin’ Up! Ronald McDonald House Charities that SU are supporting.  Do you like them?  They are made using the stamp set Tag It (SU donate £2 per stamp set sold).

Stampin' Up! tag it Stampin' Up! tag itOn the display boards was a project using a stamp set that I have, to be honest, ummed and ahhed at.  One of those that you look at and just haven’t a clue!  Well, the set is now on my shopping list.  It is called by the tide, and look at this.  A word I heard a lot of during Convention was “awesome” and do you agree with me, that this is “awesome”. Stampin' Up! convention by the tideThe photos do not do this justice!

Stampin' Up! convention 2013 - By the tide

I also saw this one.  Having a printers tray ready to decorate, this one is a good idea. I love the use of the little muslin bag 🙂

Stampin' Up! Christmas

And I love the messy, we got the gorgeous grunge set and I have been soooo having on to get this one as I knew it was in the Convention attendee giveaway.

Stampin' Up! convention Hello Lovely, Tag it and Gorgeous Grunge

Stampin Up convention glorious grunge

Check this one out, using the pop ‘n cuts to make a wardrobe and the dress up framelits!IMG_0338

From the holiday catalogue – boo!  Toil and trouble and look closely the glorious grunge is in there too.Stampin' Up! convention halloween

Use up your scraps and make a tree, it doesn’t have to be for Christmas, using any theme of colours to make some home decor.Stampin' Up! convention christmas tree

Yay, got to love Santa’s list.  Another favourite of mine and see, you don’t have to use red all the time 😉Stampin Up convention Christmas Stanta's Lit

And look at this, a beautiful wreath.  Again change the colours to create some fab home decor whatever the season.Stampin Up wreath

Finally, hoping I haven’t bored you to death.  I attended one of the workshops for MDS (My Digital Studio).  If you want to have a venture forth and have a go, you can download a trial.  This is something I have put together.

My Digital Studio

You can order it also via my store here to try and buy.  Stampin’ Up! have a whole website dedicated to MDS with tutorials and loads and load of help.

Have you got this far!  Well, here is something for you.  Not yet released.  Some gorgeous gold foil sheet, washi tape, trim and some paper that you will find in the (not long really to wait) next Occasions catalogue.

Stampin Up Language of Love, Gold Foil, Washi Tape, Sequin trim

WOYWW 209 & meet my blog guest: Debbie

Welcome to WOYWW 209 and today it’s a bit covered and I have finally opened my This & That journal.  I’ve been so busy what with getting an essay finished, and generally knackered these past few days that I hadn’t got around to opening it and getting stuck in!  But now, it’s all unwrapped.  Sorry but the bundle is now longer available but you can buy the ‘parts‘ separately.


One of the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demo is that I get to pre-order certain products from forthcoming catalogues.  So, taking up this pleasure, I put in my pre-order and (happy dance) it arrived today 🙂  Here are some projects made using the new products 🙂

This one is using the hydrangea from the Best of Flowers stamps that you can get now.  The sentiment, patterned paper and mat (costal cabana) for the hydrangea are released in July.

Best of Flowers Stampin' Up!

This second card, I have used some washi tape that came with my This & That bundle.  The rest of the card is made using products that will be available in the annual catalogue released 1 July.  I am loving the mosaic paper and coordinating products which include some stamps.

Stampin' Up! mosaic punch, dsp quatrefancy, artisan punch & label love

I hope you like them, I am going to play some more as I have some other things in my box 🙂

Washi tape 131269 £4.50
Best of flowers stamps 133342 £13.95
Framelits labels 125598 £22.95
Available July:
Modern mosaic textured impressions 129984 £7.50
Quatrefancy dsp 130141 £11.50
Mosaic punch 131267 £14.25
Label love clear stamp 130622 £17.95
Artisan label punch 130920 £14.25
Ink pad coastal cabana 131175 £4.95
Ink pad pistachio pudding 131177 £4.95

As I was getting some of the new colour stamps, I have treated myself!  Finally, I have the carousel for my ink pads.  This means no more rummaging through the pile – more like leaning tower of Pisa – to find colours.  That’s a good enough excuse isn’t it 😉



Peering out of the living room window a pair of birds caught my eye, they were picking at the dandelion fluff.  Sorry for the rather blurry photo but it is taking through the living room window as I didn’t want to open it and scare them away.  A pretty pair of goldfinches and this is just one of them.


Guest Spots

I am having guest spots each Wednesday this month and I would like to introduce you to Debbie.   As Debbie has just opened her new store, I am doing this post for her so I hope that her head is swelling 😉


Debbie is a mum of five, four boys and a girl, and how she fits everything in that she does I do not know and I am truly inspired. Debbie is multi-talented and has been part of several design teams during her creative life and has broadened her horizons, and so do read on and I hope you find inspiration as well.

You only have to head over to Debbie’s blog to see what she fits in, she has written a book (Gifts from your Kitchen), runs retreats and has recently opened a store.  So how does Debbie fit all this in with being a mummy, wife and creative artist, well I don’t know and I do think that perhaps she is nothing like me and so doesn’t need much sleep!

If you have not been to a retreat, then you must go to one of Debbie’s, the Creative Heart and Soul retreats are held mainly in the UK but there is one scheduled ‘overseas’ with Debbie venturing to Ireland for the retreat in September.  With Debbie’s ability in creating spectacular projects, the retreats are themselves perfect in every way.  Just take a look at the delegate tables.


So, as you can see, Debbie doesn’t, I think, sleep!  Having recently opened her own store in Durham, these are her own designs so she is making what she sells.  Deborah Nicholas Designs also has something that I want to try and that is the Scottish tablet!

Deborah Nicholas Designs

Do please share your love and head on over and check Debbie’s creations and leave a comment here to say hello too 🙂

As ever, may the crafting mojo be with you!

Sarah Keerie Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator trifold card

Retiring – The End of 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop ~ ILWS


Welcome, I hope you are going to enjoy this little blop hop.  Myself and other Stampin’ Up! demos over at ILWS are having a little blog hop to celebrate the forthcoming release of the 2013-2014 annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue and to have a bit of a sob as we say goodbye to products that we have enjoyed playing with.

You may be starting the hop with me, or you may have come here via Leanne.  Here are my projects that I have made to show you using some of the retiring products, and, if you like any of those that are retiring the motto is, want them, order them today as I cannot guarantee how long they are going to remain in stock.  The online store is still having its teething issues fixed so if you would like to order simply send me an email with your requirements (item nr, what it is and how much) and I will get back to you asap re payment.

Tweet, tweet ~ one of my favourites is the Aviary stamp set and this is set to retire this year (boo hoo).  Here is a card that I have made using this set.

I have made a tri-fold card and if you want to have a go too, here’s the how to:

You need a piece of cardstock measuring 12″ x 5.5″ and then using your scoreboard, score at 2″ /  4″  /  8″ and then 10″ from one edge:

Sarah Keerie - Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri-fold card

Now you are going to do some measuring and then some cutting.  Place your piece of cardstock so that it is portrait on your scoreboard.  Measure in 1.5″ from the left and mark a line from the 2″ line down to the 10″ line.  Do this again at 4″.

Sarah Keerie - Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri-fold card

Then, cut the two lines which you have just made (you can of course skip the marking step and go straight to cutting) so you end up with this.

Sarah Keerie - Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri-fold card

Finally, create your folds.  I thought it easier to show you this rather than explain!

Sarah Keerie, independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator tri fold card and your piece of card should look like this.

Now all you have to do is decorate.

Sarah Keerie Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator trifold card

Aviary (clear mount) 120462
Curly cute (clear mount) 120510
Twitterpated dsp 125406

I’ve also made a selection of 4″ cards and made some envelopes to go with them.  These are using the Easy Events stamp set.  These are really cute and idea for making something quick, especially if you have forgotten a birthday!  At a recent craft fair a load of baby cards that I had made were all purchased so this is an excuse to make more 😉

Stampin' Up! easy events

Do check the retirement lists, with the moral of the story being if you want, get them now.  I have popped links on to the post I made yesterday for both the retiring stamps and retiring accessories – click here to open a new window.

Here are some other projects using Tea Shoppe, Four Seasons.

20130420_210507 Chock full of cheer

The ornament punch & bigz elegant bird die

Ornament Punch


I hope you have been inspired, do leave a comment so I know you have popped by.  Now it is  Michelle‘s turn to show you what she has created.

May the crafting mojo be with you.

Stampin’ Up! meets Core’dinations

Yes, essay avoidance or just needing to create something, I think both of these win today’s vote!  So, making cards, playing with crafting toys = heaven for me.  I should watch the film to do with my essay again, I could quite easily have it playing in the background whilst I cut and stick – must remember this for next time 🙂

I have trimmed down a sheet of 12×12 Core’dination cardstock in half so I can make a 6″ square card.


Using an edgelit I have then ‘trimmed’ off a piece of the front of the card.  So that my edgelit was straight I  used my trimmer as a guide and used a piece of scotch tape (just a tiny piece) to hold the edgelit down.


Then just ran it through my big shot.


For a bit of decoration on the back of the card, I’ve used the simply scored embossing borders to add a bit of a wave.

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Next, using some of the stitched grosgrain ribbon, I’ve added this to the ‘top’ half of the front of the card. Then trimmed down a sheet of dsp from the first edition paper so that it is 6″ square and from the piece of core’dinations cardstock, trimmed a small piece off it so that I could add it to the bottom of the dsp to add a bit of weight (stops the card falling flat!).


If you are not aware of core’dinations cardstock, it has a core so you can sand down the edges – over the embossing parts – to give a great effect.


I’ve finished off my card with some punched butterflies (using some scrap dsp) and stamped a sentiment from the sassy salutations stamp set.


I hope you like it and if you fancy having a go, these are my ingredients:

Core’dinations cardstock – real red 129320 £6.25 (12 sheets of 12×12)
First edition speciality DSP 121878 £11.50 (24 sheets, 4 ea of 6 double sided designs)
Edgelits – adorning accents 125595 £8.95
Stampin’ Up! Trimmer 129722 £25.95 (spare cutting and scoring blades available)
Big shot 113439 £87.95
Stitched grosgrain ribbon in wild wasabi 126873 £4.50
Elegant butterfly punch 127526 £14.25
Chocolate chip ink pad 126979 £4.95 (reinker 101065 £2.75)
Sassy salutations stamps (clear) 126707 £16.95
Stampin’ scrub 126200 £13.50
Stampin’ mist stamp cleaner 102394 £3.25 (refill 101022 £7.95)

Are you on pinterest? I find it most addictive and is a way of essay avoidance.  However, on that front (the looming essay), I have finally got a few words down in ‘ink’, once again loads of notes which, once again, need to be turned into something that makes sense!

May the crafting mojo be with you 🙂

Stampin’ Up! ~ stepping up card and using scraps

Hi everyone, hope you have had a lovely long weekend.  I’ve an extra day off work so won’t be back until Thursday which means, essay and crafting!

I’ve made a little card using up some scraps and where I had stamped some extras of the Hearts a Flutter set.  I also had some scraps left from the story time papers having made the mini books the other day so waste not want not!


Next up is my stepper card.  I had a little fiddle about with this (as in used up two pieces of scrap card) to get the measurements.  In the end I have made the card as follows:

1. Trim down a piece of cardstock (or paper that is sturdy) to 5.5″ x 8.5″


2. With the piece of cardstock portrait, draw a feint pencil line 2″ in.

3. With the cardstock in landscape on your scoreboard, score down to the pencil line as follows:

7/8″ – 2 1/8″ – 4.25″ – 5.5″ – 6 .75″ – 7 5/8″

and then, I used my trimmer for this bit, cut along the pencil line starting at the 7/8″ to the 6.75″ score line.  Rub out the pencil line.


4. Then you just need to fold your card so it looks like this:


So there you have your base and it is a case of decorate away to your heart’s content 🙂


Preview – Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration & 2013 Spring/Summer Catalogue

Yay, I've been at the craft table making things.  This morning I've made a 6" square card and used products that are in the forthcoming 2013 Sale-a-bration and the spring/summer catalogue so I'm afriad this post is a bit of a tease!  Sale-a-bration starts 22 January and the catalogue is released on 1 February.   If you would like a copy of the Sale-a-bration leaflet and/or catalogue, drop me a line.

To make the card, I have used products that come in the Artisan Embellishments Kit

First though, I trimmed down a sheet of DSP and popped this on the bottom of the card.


Then it is a case of layering up.  To stick the ribbons, I have used the sticky strip tape.


I've added some of the lush flower trim that will be available in the new catalogue.


A little piece of ribbon (in the embellishment pack) finishes it off.  I toyed with adding a button (or two) but decided on having just the bow!



Sticky strip tape – available from my store
SNAIL adhesive – available from my store

2013 Sale-a-bration products:
Patterned paper Sycamore Street

2013 Spring/Summer catalogue:
Artisan embellishment kit – 129328 £8.95
Flower trim – 126869 £6.25

Crafty time number 2

Also available during Sale-a-bration when you make a qualifying order (£45 or more), is the Simply Sent card kit 'Happy Hello'.  There may be times when you want to make something quick and these are ideal.  The kit contains everything you need to make the following card:


You can of course add to it.  I've added a sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set using some midnight muse ink and then some sparkle with some dazzling details.



2013 Sale-a-bration Simply sent Happy Hello card kit
Annual catalogue:
Sassy salutations 126707 £16.95
Ink midnight muse 126860 £4.95
Dazzling details 124117 £2.25

I hope you go off and so some crafting yourself 🙂

And, before I finish this post, this is my new work space – tidy huh!  Word of the year 'light' one of them to keep my desk looking light rather than heaving under a pile of 'stuff'.


May the crafting mojo be with you!