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! elegant butterfly punch

Butterflies…. boxes…. soda pop tops!

Yay, bank holiday Monday and the sun has come out to play. Alas, I’m not capable of going far as the bones are playing up so it was another breakfast of coffee-n-codeine for me. Hey ho, I have just settled down with playing at the craft table and popping out in the sun now and then to slurp some more coffee!

I’ve played with the butterfly punch, it started out with punching out butterflies and then I had an idea which has resulted in this card being made.  Using some of the Twitterpated dsp I have punched the butterflies using the elegant butterfly punch then simply reversed them and ‘nearly’ stuck them down.  I also had a butterfly left over from some crafting the other day and waste not want not!  The sentiment is stamped with a stamp from the curly cute set.

 Stampin' Up! elegant butterfly punch Stampin' Up! elegant butterfly punch

Here’s another one that I have made today.  I love the soda pop tops that Stampin’ Up! have introduced in their spring/summer catalogue but I didn’t want mine to pop so much so I have squished one using my big shot!

Stampin' Up! soda pop top, flatted using the big shot

I’ve used the collage curios stamps with the pop top, I’ve also stamped a couple of extra butterflies, one in the corner on the front and one inside so it’s not so plain.

Half of a doily is popped under some crochet trim and I have punched a scalloped circle which is the reverse pattern of the twitterpated.  Finished the card off with the curly cute sentiment and that’s it.  It seemed to take forever as the kids kept interrupting playtime!  They wanted feeding, get them!

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Ingredients if you want to play along:
Collage curios clear stamps 129102 £14.95
Soda pop tops 129388 £3.75
Paper doilies 129399 £2.75
Ink pads: raspberry ripple 126859 £4.95/ midnight muse 126860 £4.95
Ink refills: raspberry ripple 126852 £2.75 midnight muse 126854 £2.75
1″ circle punch 119868 £11.50
Scallop circle punch 4.4cm 119854 £15.50
Twitterpated dsp 125406 £9.95
Elegant butterfly punch 127526 £14.25
Curly cute clear stamps 120510 £13.95
Crochet trim ribbon 118481 £6.25
*Tombow multi glue 110755 £3.25
*Sticky strip 104294 £5.50
*SNAIL adhesive 104332 £5.50 (refill 104331 £3.75)

I’m going back to the craft table to make some more things to show you although what I make won’t be seen until 1 June as I am joining in a blog hop. The Stampin’ Up! retirement list is released on the 31 May and if you want to be emailed a copy, do drop me an email and I will add you to the circulation list. Or simply sign up for my newsletter!

Also, if you want to get hold of a copy of the 2013-2014 annual catalogue that is released on 1 July you can preorder a copy here.  If you want a free copy, then why not join one of my hostess groups**.  I have a new group starting next month, spread your wish list and if you want to join in then one place in the group means you receive hostess benefits on one of the months during the group’s duration.  As it’s a hostess group, you get to chose an additional £25 (minimum) of freebies on top of your order when it’s your turn to be hostess.  The monthly commitments range from £15 to £30 per month (plus postage).

And, finally, if you want to grab yourself a real bargain, you have until the 30 May to join me and get an additional amount of product to choose for your starter kit (see my join me page for more info on what this can mean for you).

Signing up added bonus expires 30 May 2013

Peruse the catalogues, make your list choosing £155 of products and pay just £99, not bad eh!

Ahh, got to make more of the pizza box gift boxes, I only have one left after Saturday 🙂

Mini pizza box, Sarah Keerie independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator

Right, am off to play some more 🙂 May the crafting mojo be with you!

Sarah Keerie Stampin' Up! independent Demonstrator


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May the Fourth be with you ~ iNSD


Sorry, it is one of the days of a month that I can’t resist.  Although it has been highlighted that tomorrow must be..


Or indeed, perhaps even the “revenge of the sixth” seems more phonetically correct!  Either way, it makes me smile.

Today’s plans didn’t quite go as I wanted them to.  For one I fell asleep, guess this pneumonia thing is still effecting my tolerance to staying awake.  Invited mum down for tea and so made some merangooos and then cooked sausages, mash n beans with a couple of freshly laid and then fried eggs.  We stuffed ourselves on merangoos for pudding.  Finally though, interspersed with peering at the tv as we have Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,  got this unwrapped to make, which comes with instructions on the back.

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Here’s the first one (of eight).  It’s really neat as you get a little card to make a gift card that you can slip inside the box if you want to.


In between boxes, I’ve had a play with the All Dressed up Framelit and the lovely flower trim (both in the spring/summer catalogue).  Its not got a sentiment yet, not sure what to pop on this one!


And finally for today (tonight) got the Dapper Dad set out to play 🙂  Also used the father stamp out of the Amazing family stamp set. Plain, simple and quick to make 🙂 it is also possible, if you are like me, to get an inky thumb!


Got my edge rougher-upperer (Stampin’ distress tool) for these two 🙂



I hope you like them, do leave a comment to say you’ve popped by 🙂

I also have the sad news that TwoDees didn’t make it, I had popped her in the egglu on Wednesday night in a box with some extra straw, but in the morning she had died.  TwoDees was Morgan’s chicken, one of the first girls we got back in 2009 so she had a good life and was quite happy sitting on your lap whilst you pondered the meaning of the universe.

Morgan & TwoDees, 2009

If you’ve been taking part in international National Scrapbooking Day, I hope you managed to get to your craft table.  I did find the photos today that I had printed a while ago.  Might get to do some scrapbook pages tomorrow/Monday – especially as I got my new album as well to fill {happy dance}.

May the crafting mojo be with you!

Digi stamping – Ultimate Blog Challenge – Day 30 ~~~ The end

Wow, I can’t quite believe it but here we are at the end of April and the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and I have posted every day this month.  I would have posted earlier, but day 2 back at work and once again, went and laid down as totally knackered and didn’t wake up til gone 8pm {whoops}.

So, we are at 30, did you know that 30 is a square pyramidal number. This means that you start with four squares on the base and build it up to make a pyramid and to do so you need 30 squares in total!

Another 30 fact, the Sarsen Circle of Stonehenge was also originally comprised of 30 rather neatly trimmed sandstone blocks which are in an upright position, also now there are only around 17 of these blocks still standing.


Today is also Walpurgis Night, and in  exactly 6 months time we will be at All Hallows’ Eve.  I don’t actually know if anyone here in the UK celebrates this night, I’ve never seen it anyway.  If you are Dutch, Finnish, Swedish and some other European countries, it is celebrated with bonfires and dancing.  It is named after the English missionary Saint Walpurga (ca 710-777/9) and since she was canonized on 1 May (around 870) we get May Day.   If you have ever read, Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, you may recall act 2 is called “Walpurgisnacht.”

Should you celebrate this day then I wish you a happy:


Volbriöö, (Walpurgi öö)
Valpurgijos naktis
Valpurģu nakts or Valpurģi
čarodějnice or Valpuržina noc

(Gotta love Wikipedia huh!)

If you are in Germany, tonight is also the night when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration on the Broken mountain, awaiting the arrival of spring and holding revels with their gods

In my current literary frame of mind Goethe’s Faust describes the Broken…

Now to the Brocken the witches ride;
The stubble is gold and the corn is green;
There is the carnival crew to be seen,
And Squire Urianus will come to preside.
So over the valleys our company floats,
With witches a-farting on stinking old goats.

A little link here to a book on google books, in case you want to read more!

Moving on…

Having had fun colouring in with some Dilly Beans stamps, I have been a-wandering and checking what digis I have in my folder here in my virtual land of the mac.  I found myself (again) at Dilly Beans and then another of my favourites, Mo Manning.

Mo has some fantastic images, this is one of my faves  in my basket – still shopping 😉  I thought it quite apt seeing Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated abdicated today and her son has now been invested to the throne.  (Click on the image and you will find yourself at Mo’s online shop, please don’t blame me if you find yourself checking out with purchases!)


Another favourite of mine is the Pink Petticoat Boutique.  I have this great digi stamp:


Of course, if you simply like inking n stamping, I am a purveyor of Stampin’ Up! products and having seen the US catalogue I am quite eager for our UK one to come out.  Although if the retired list is going to be the same, I am going to be losing around 10 sets – so that may give you an idea of what lush stuff is coming to replace it!    I have stamped a few of the Swallowtails this evening, just to make some notelets for the craft fair on the 25 May, also means making boxes.

If you’ve not seen the Swallowtail stamp, here it is:


Tomorrow, as well as getting some bits made, I must get my EMA plan sorted out.  Still working on the criteria, think that it is definitely now going to be Ghost Road and Paradise.  But, we’ll see!

I’m now definitely done for the night and going to finish the g&t then off to the land of duvet.

May the crafting mojo be with you and if you have been coming along every day, I thank you 🙂

Fifty-Four : retirement and joining! Rebecca

Hello bloggers, here we are day 24 and we are at ‘X’.  This one goes well of tangent, but then I like it when things do that.  It’s a bit like me going to pinterest and getting waylaid by something or other!


So here we go, ‘X’ the 24th letter of the alphabet, turn it around to 42 and add the age of number ‘2’ which is 12 and so you end up with 54.  Now, 54, there is at RAF Waddington, which his nibs goes to now and then for some reason or another, the 54 (R) Squadron.  The RAF station is situated not far from Lincoln which is where Coralie is at Uni – so there you go with one tenuous link!  If you are in the area, the station has a heritage centre – you need to book an appointment – which you can visit.

Staying with the 54 theme, you will find that, interestingly seeing we are at ‘X’, that the chemical element Xenon (Xe) has an atomic number of 54 – how cool is that – X and 54 in one line! Xenon is a noble gas and is found in the Earth’s atmosphere in little amounts.  You most often find Xenon in arc lamps, used in the cinema in the projectors and also in car headlamps.  I’m not sure if it is being used yet, but I did see that it is (can be, will be) used as a general anaesthetic!


I’m, as you may know, reading Pat Barker’s Ghost Road at the moment.  Next I will be reading Rebecca.  Now, I am trying to work out Rebecca as what type of book it is.  So, it’s typical of 19th century fiction, it’s Gothic and has a linear narrative and elements of bildungsroman (literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age), and in which character change is thus extremely important). But I think there is more to it, indeed, as I have to read it again with a ‘different’ head on, I might fathom it a bit more (or simply ask Coralie to explain it!).

Retirement and Joining

This is a bit of a tease I guess.  I got to look at the US Stampin’ Up! catalogue to see what is coming in July, boy do I need to cut my list down!  There is certainly a lot of luscious stuff coming and as we in Europe are coming in line to what the US has, I can guess that we are more or less getting what is coming.  As to what is going, well there is heaps and as soon as I get the UK retirement list and can share it, newsletter subscribers will be the first to see it.  Moral is, if there is something on it that you want, you need to get it, the retirement list ends up with out of stocks really, really, really quickly!  So it you want to see what is going and grab some bargains, hit the subscribe to my newsletter button ok 🙂  As to what is coming, members of my hostess clubs automatically get a catalogue and I will be starting a hostess club 10 starting July, so if you want in, drop me an email – you can see the info on what you need to do, and what you get, here.

Today, as still under the weather, I have just been making some toppers.   Using the little birds from the aviary set and the frame from the papaya collage and scraps out of the scrap box.


Got my hair cut, short, had a very long nap and could do with another one so might just snuggle on the sofa and find a film to watch (and try not to fall asleep).  All I need now is the pneumonia to &*&$£ off and I can start feeling ‘normal’ again!


May the crafting mojo be with you 🙂

Vestigial, Venus and Volunteering, oh and making stuff

Off to the docs tomorrow morning, I didn’t make a whole day at work today and the voice has packed up yet again, ears are also off, again, and having felt a bit better, feel as bad as I did at the beginning of this lurgie!  If anyone wants it, it is free to a good home.  So I have vegetablised and as I had some of this post in progress just finishing it off for you.  If you have been here before, hello, and if you are visiting for the first time, hello and welcome. I am taking part in the ultimate blog challenge and have so far done a post every day for April, here we are at the 22nd already and I have also tied in a bit of a-z and we are now at v, not sure when we get to gone z, will have to think of something!

Here’s a card hot off the press so to speak as I have finished it this evening.  Hope you like it, I have a bit of a thing for this hearts a flutter framelit set so sorry if you feel bombarded with it.  It does have a stamp set to go with it but I have been having fun cutting out the shapes in pretty paper.  I don’t know if you can see it in the picture, I’ve also give it a bit of a smooch with the spritz 🙂


White tea lace paper doilies – 129399 £2.75
Smooch spritz in vanilla shimmer  – £4.50
Hearts a flutter framelits 130159 £20.95
Linen thread 104199 £3.95
Scallop trim border punch 118402 £14,25

I’m waiting for this set to arrive, I’ll be making some cards using this set for father’s day to take to the forthcoming craft fair 🙂  It’s quite a snazzy set, don’t you think?

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Dapper Dad – 129198 £13.95 (also available in wood mount)


I thought I would throw this one into the pot.  It is in fact due to my ears that it has entered today’s blog post!  So, ears, these have vestigial structures that have lost their original function, these are the muscles, we don’t need our ears to move as much as other mammals etc!


Did you see the transition of Venus that happened last year in June?  It was amazing and not to be repeated again for a long time, 2117 in fact.  Space is one of my other fascinations and seeing Venus going in front of the sun and seeing how tiny it is just puts things into perspective.  NASA is one of the websites in my bookmarks 🙂


This plays a part in the family.  Brian is a Pilot Officer in the RAF VR(T) and so heads off to Air Cadets on a regular basis, and out and about with them doing all kinds of cool things.  For me, I am a Guide Guider.  It was one of those things, went to help at a local unit and ended up going in to uniform.  Genny comes along as well and is currently doing her Baden Powell award.  She will be off to Air Cadets though come September.  I’ve done some cool things as well and it is great to see the girls’ smiles and joy when we do these things.  I took some Guides down to London last year to our HQ at ICANDO which is a short walk from Buckingham Palace. We had our packed lunch just outside.  The girls did some activities in the HQ and despite a long day, it was well worth it.


New statue of John Donne


Snow tubing has been great fun, watching the girls (and hearing the screams) as they hurtle down a ski slope in a rubber tyre, Genny has done this twice now through Guides.  And a weekend was spent in Leicestershire where the girls did all sorts of things, abseiling, high ropes, falling in water and getting wet, quad biking.



Hope you have enjoyed today’s post, do leave a comment, I love reading them 🙂

May the crafting mojo be with you.

UBC day 14 – not long now

My ears have popped, both of them now have tissue stuffed in them since they hurt, kids are happy since my voice has also gone walkies. If anyone comes visiting I must remember to take said tissue out of said ears as it does look kinda funny (according to the kids).

Seeing It is a nice day, with no snow and it is quite mild outside, I thought I’d revisit the ornament keepsakes stamps and framelits. These were carried over into the spring/summer catalogue and so will make their departure in a few weeks. So, moral of the story is, if you like them and want them, order them now! I am having my own little promotion in that UK orders of £50 or more ship to you for free.


So here you have my little endeavour for today, I’ve used some of the core’dinations card stock with the elegant lines embossing folder as my mat and give it a light sanding.


The ribbon is some always artichoke seam binding. I’ve stamped one of the stamps with some raspberry ripple onto some very vanilla cardstock. I’ve stamped four and cut them out using the coordinating framelit. I always do an extra one in case something goes wrong as I only want three for this card.


Stick two together and then I laid this on the third which I stuck to my card base – I’ve used some linen thread to make a little hanger effect. You can use just two of the ornaments but I like it to be nice and solid. And there you go.



I’ve also had a play with the all dressed up set, these are also available as a bundle in the spring summer catalogue. I’ve also had a play with a stampin’ around – this has stamped the top of the card using midnight muse ink. The paper is from the print poetry paper stack. The sentiment is from just the ticket which has a coordinating punch.


As you may know, the new Stampin’ Up catalogue is released in a few weeks, we are already seeing items become out of stock. If you need to stock up on favourite colours, here is what is going (and what is coming so you get your list ready!)


I am keeping you up to date on what is becoming out of stock on my Stampin’ Up! Facebook page so do make sure you hit the like button, and don’t forget my newsletter 🙂

And now we are at ‘N’. I had a few ideas for this one, Neptunium, neurons, nostrils, nasal, need-chocolate! I’ve gone for nostrils, seeing mine are playing up I thought it quite apt. Ok, so as tetrapods us humans have two nostrils on the outside and you may not realise but we also have to internal nostrils, the internal nostrils have their own name, chonae, with around 1000 strands of nasal hair in each one. These internal nostrils connect the nose to the throat. Our fish ancestors had nostrils outside of the head, weird huh, but they migrated back, you can see this in Kenichthys campbelli, a 395 million-year-old fossilized fish which shows this migration in progress.

That’s today done, I’ll just leave you with a sunny pic. Enjoy.


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 🙂