Monday, 20 November 2017

Mix it Up Monday: Pretty Pines with Tree Rings

It’s Mix It Up Monday again and time for a Tranquil Tide combination that’s subtle, to say the least. It comes from my In Color charts and I thought it was perfect to use with Tree Rings and the Pretty Pines dies.  I coloured the pine cones with some Wink of Stella to give it a bit of festive glitz. 

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza runs all week. Please visit for details and, if you order through me, please use the hostess code: CNVMKKYM

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Online Extravaganza

A BIG sale starts at Stampin’ Up!® today! There are THREE strands:

1. FLASH SALE, 20% off selected stamp sets for 24 hours only from 11pm today (Sunday 19th Nov)

3. FLASH SALE on 27th November (details to come)

2. Online Extravaganza, which runs until 10.59pm on 26th November

Shop online at and please use the host code: CNVMKKYM

Thank you!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Caturday: Ginger friend

This fluffy ginger fellow lives not far from me and we occasionally meet when I’m on the way to the post office. On this occasion he was in somebody’s drive but I could see he was determined to get out to greet me officially, so I waited patiently while he laboriously clambered a wall and came for some attention.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Color Me Happy with Stampin’ Blends

Just playing around with my new Stampin’ Blends and the gorgeous Color Me Happy stamp set. The above is CASEd from an idea by Stesha Bloodhart and the one below is an All Things Stampy original (shocking, I know).

These alcohol markers are such fun to use – take a look at my Collect & Earn Programme to see how you can build up your collection!


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Reserve your Stamparatus from today

This brand new tool from Stampin’ Up!® will change the way you stamp forever. No more imperfect images or fiddly stamp positioners, just precision stamping, as many times as you like.

You may have seen similar tools to this on the market, but the Stamparatus is different; it has TWO flaps, which can easily be removed and repositioned, giving you FOUR stamping surfaces.

Remove a flap and move it down the hinge and you have a simple way to create repeat images.

The purchase price is £44

Due to what is likely to be huge demand, and in the aim of eliminating backorders, the Stamparatus will initially be sold in a different way to normal.

The Stamparatus will be in the next Annual Catalogue in June 2018 when you can order it in the usual way but you can get one EARLY by reserving it later today (Thursday) for February delivery. Here’s how:

1. Create an online account

You MUST have an online customer account to reserve a Stamparatus. If you don’t have one, you can create one at my online store here.

2. Reserve your Stamparatus

Visit the Stampin’ Up!® website (or the SU site for your country) from 9pm UK time today – the Stamparatus link will be on the front page – and click RESERVE. The Stamparatus will be added to your basket - DO NOT REMOVE it unless you wish to cancel, as you will not be able to add it again during this reservation period.

There are THREE reservation periods:

3. Receive an email

You will be sent a confirmation email but please note you will not be charged until the Stamparatus is shipped in early February.

4. Modify your order

You will receive an email in late January/early February, when the Stamparatus is ready to ship. You will then have the opportunity to add to your basket, to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration, which gives you a free item when you spend £45. Shipping and handling at £4.95 will also be added.

This short video explains some of the fabulous features of the Stamparatus...

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Log slice ornaments with Carols of Christmas

I didn’t make swaps for OnStage this year, but made these gifts for my team members who attended. I kind of guessed they’d be popular so planned a class around them so you too can join in the fun!

Come along and find out how to make the Mini Pizza Boxes turn green and much more...

Monday, 13 November 2017

OnStage 2017 - a global gathering of Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators

My haul of goodies from OnStage2017 - there were SU pens, too!
It should be Mix It Up Monday today but you know what? I’ve decided not to let that rule my life any more, and not worry too much if I don’t manage to create a project with all 50 colours from my In Color charts

I thought today you’d be far more interested in my OnStage2017 experience. This is where demonstrators around the world gather to share ideas, business tips and, most exciting of all, see new products from the upcoming Spring/Summer catalogue and Sale-a-Bration brochure! Yes, of course we received both publications and a good haul of products from them, too! Plus, we get to order from them early, as a special On Stage treat!

My name label for the day featured my achievements from the past year. The numbered badge was for Prize Patrol!

More than 450 demonstrators attended the UK event, at the National Conference Centre in Solihull, and thousands more attended events worldwide, including the main OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City in the home of Stampin’ Up!® in Utah, USA.

It was a chance to recognise the top achievers and I was honoured to be invited to walk the stage for my promotion to Gold earlier this year. This was more daunting than I expected as I didn’t realise there would only be TWO of us walking the stage for this achievement! The video MIGHT be on Facebook.

Not quite one Big Shot each, but three stations like this around the room
It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with demonstrator friends from around the country – people we didn’t know until Stampin’ Up!® came into our lives – making the event like a hug reunion.  

In addition, there were demonstrations, product spotlights, display boards, gifts and, of course, Make & Takes. Here are the Big Shots, lined up and ready for action. Oh, what a shame you can’t see the fabulous dies we used... 

10th anniversary cupcakes - one for everyone!
And because Stampin’ Up!® will soon be celebrating 10 years in Europe, there were extra treats, too... and more celebrations to come in the year ahead.

It's our 10th anniversary year in Europe
Demonstrators are given titles based on sales and recruiting and everyone awarded Silver Elite and above is invited to a special evening celebration the night before On Stage. This is called Centre Stage and was attended by around 50 demonstrators, including me and my downline Tracey. We were treated to a three-course meal, plus special gifts and we had the chance to share business ideas with other leaders. Plus - and this cannot be under-estimated as a perk - we received our catalogues early! And another valuable perk is that we get to register early so can skip the HUGE queues for check-in on Saturday morning!

A three-course meal and special gifts at Centre Stage
I can’t share any spoilers yet but trust me, there is LOADS to love in the two new catalogues. Whether you like floral, fun, funky or innovative, you’ll find something you’ll need. Yes, I said “need”.

My team at the end of a tiring day! They'll kill me. But then they don't read my blog so serves them right...

The small print

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