Stampin’ Up! five years and thank you!

I joined Stampin’ Up! when they first came to the UK and then had a break whilst we dealt with ‘kid’ things as I needed full concentration to do the best for one of our small (now bigger) humans. So, although I have been honoured with a FIVE YEAR thank you from Stampin’ Up!, it has been wayyy longer than I have been a demonstrator.  This was great to get in the post along with a reward from Stampin’ Up! for being with them.  Nothing like some flex points to save up or to spend!  I also got a snazzy little badge to put with my other SU pins.

Another piece of cheerful news landed on my doormat this morning.  I have had a busy year with Stampin’ Up! and they changed their rankings and I got back to Bronze Elite, next step silver.  Another batch of flex points came my way!

Not only is this great for me as this was one of my goals for 2017, but having had the woes of ‘Gilbert the Gall Bladder’ the painful periods of flare ups of the osteoarthritis in my back/hip, 2016 was a bit of a pig to be honest.  For me, I am looking forward to hitting silver and I would extend a personal thank you to those that have been shopping with me over the years.  I know there are lots of demonstrators out there, but to have you come shop at my store means a lot and I am grateful for your custom.

Having recently moved house, my craft supplies and space are in a bit of turmoil.  I am looking forward to getting my little place here in blog land back up to its usual self and sharing projects – got to sort out my craft table!!

If you are looking to purchase some supplies and want to get some free product one month, I have a new hostess group getting ready to start in March. Find out more about it here.  If you don’t want the commitment and simply want to place the occasional order, join the hostess code club!  Details on how this works is here.  Hostess code users this month will be getting a 6×6 DSP pad in the post in the next couple of weeks!

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

You can purchase Stampin’ Up! products online through my shop link at the top of the page, or here.  If you want to find out about being a demo, check my FAQS
I cover the UK, Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria for shopping, you can join me as well if you are any of these countries.

Sale-a-bration catch up

Hi everyone

I had been suffering from the dreaded gall stones for what has seemed forever, and, after a 33 wait from referral, finally had the big blighters out along with the body part that keeps them!  Needless to say, before they were ousted I had been feeling terrible and now getting back on my feet.  Nothing goes easy for me and the op took nearly four hours and then I had a longer spell in recovery.  Thanks goes to those who donate blood, in particular those who have the O Neg!

I’m now coming back to life slowly (I have the joys of a thyroid that doesn’t do its thing)  and have some itchy stitches which are gradually dissolving, but they are still itchy!


This is going fantastically going by the orders you are sending through.  I hope you are enjoying your free items and it seems some of you are coming back for more!  Not only did we get the first launch, see the pdf here, but Stampin’ Up! have treated us to another batch of freebies, here.  I couldn’t resist the ‘hey, chick’ set.  Look at this adorable card using one of the chooks.

The second launch has some must have 6×6 glimmer paper, especially for those that love sparkle.

Another joy of Sale-a-bration is that you can get more rewards with your orders.  Orders of £150 you get your usual 10% of your order as a reward for you to spend on hostess only or other items.  Orders of £200 up, you get £20 more in rewards, what you would spend yours on?

Been shopping? What’s your favourite sale-a-bration product?

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

You can purchase Stampin’ Up! products online through my shop link at the top of the page, or here.  If you want to find out about being a demo, check my FAQS
I cover the UK, Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria for shopping, you can join me as well if you are any of these countries


Tutorial 3D decorative hanging ornament

On the front of the Stampin’ Up! 2012-2103 autumn/winter catalogue is a fantastic decoration. The stamp set and coordinating dies have since retired, although you can still find them now and then popping up on the usual selling websites.  The full list of ingredients that I have used is at the bottom of the post.  You can of course change the colours and, for example, make this a piece of home decor for all year.

Step 1.

Using two stamps from the Ornament Keepsakes bundle I have stamped 20 of the baubles using gumball green ink and 20 of the smaller ornament using raspberry ripple ink on to some very vanilla cardstock.

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Step 2.  Using the coordinating holiday ornaments framelits, die cut the stamped images. 20121006_113414 20121006_115841

Step 3:
Score 15 of the baubles and 15 of the other ornament in half.  I used my scoreboard for ease to do this.  Then glue together three of the folded ornaments so that you have 5 sets of each decoration.

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Step 4: Attaching time.  Using one of the ornaments that you haven’t folded, place this stamped image face down, then stick one of the folded baubles on top, do this for all of the baubles.

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Step 5: Layering up.  I punched a circle using the 1 3/4″ circle punch using a piece of the very vanilla cardstock and then glued around the edge and started with the green bauble, popped them on the circle.
Step 6: Time to add some tulle.  I have used the cherry cobbler in the autumn/winter catalogue to do this.  I have cut 5 pieces of tulle and I have got my hot glue gun out for this next bit.   I ‘squished’ the tulle and then hot glued it into the spaces between the green ornaments.
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Step 7: Next come the red ornaments.  I stayed with the hot glue gun for this so that I can have these ornaments slightly raised.  If you have a silicone glue this should work just as well or even some glue dot
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Step 8: Decoration.  I have used some linen thread which I have doubled over which goes ‘inside’ the green ornament.  I used the hot glue gun again to stick this down.

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Step 9: Rosette.  I cut a strip of designer paper (from the snow festival set) measuring 12″ x 1″ and using the scoreboard, scored it at equal intervals (1/4″) and made it into a rosette.  On my list is the new rosette die which will make this a bit easier!  I usually stick the rosette down onto a small circle but as this rosette needs some flexibility as it is going into the centre, I just used some wet glue to get into shape.  Then a used a big dollop of glue in the centre of the decoration to stick the rosette down.
Step 10: Hanging up & finishing.  I simply decided which way I wanted it to hang and then popped a hole in the top of one of the green baubles and threaded through some ribbon and on the back, to cover the circle, I used a stamp from the chock-full of cheer stamp set using the midnight muse ink pad.
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Stamps: Ornament keepsakes (clear) 129950

Ink pads (new 2012-2014 In Colour):
Raspberry ripple 126859
Gumball green 126861
Midnight muse 126860

Very vanilla 106549  (pack of 40 sheets)
Whisper white 106550  (pack of 40 sheets)

Ribbons & thread
Cherry cobbler tulle ribbon 127841
Linen thread 104199

1.75″ Circle punch 119850
Holiday ornaments framelits 127816

Also available:
Designer rosette bigz xl die 125594
Liquid glue 110755
Big shot 113439
Simply scored scoring board 122334

Plus, hot glue gun, button and gem, ribbon.


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

You can purchase Stampin’ Up! products online through my shop link at the top of the page, or here.   Do you have a wish list? Spread the cost and get some hostess rewards, why not grab a group of friends together and ask me to create a ‘spread the cost’ group.