Autumn/Winter supplement

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Need more holiday ideas? We have an Autumn/Winter supplement out now with extra goodies for you!! :)

We saw the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit while we were in Brussels and they are so cute! I wouldn’t call them boxes myself – to me a box has a base and lid – these are fastened closed as decorations, or you can score the top to create a hinge. Great decorations for the mantelpiece and tree though :) – the kit makes 26!

stars kit

You can order direct, online or by sending me an email.

Just click on the picture at the top of the post or the Autumn/Winter supplement link here to view the pdf version.

Enjoy browsing!

Sara xx

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Convention highlights

I hope that you were able to follow our Convention fun over on Facebook (managed to add the link this time :) ).

Travelling light (needed the extra space for swaps, freebies and chocolates!) meant that I was only using my phone and iPad  – no computer. And as the convention centre didn’t have free wifi I had to pay for an internet package from my provider which then wouldn’t work on day 2 until mid afternoon (just hope that I’ve not got staunch for too many additional charges!). Facebook at least makes it easy to post snippets quickly and easily but I appreciate that not everyone uses it, so here are a few highlights for those who missed them.

Shelli's opening speech and little ring books

Shelli’s opening speech and little ring books

demo of xmas kit

demo of xmas kit

team mate's runner up prize winning design entry

team mate’s runner up prize winning design entry

I won a prize patrol!

I won a prize patrol!

just one of the amazing eateries in Brussels

just one of the amazing eateries in Brussels

We had a fantastic time and its back to the real world with a bump (I’m sharing this on my lunch break at the day job) :(

If you’d like to join us at next year’s convention (which is also in Brussels, slightly later, on 12-14 November) then this week is the ideal time to sign up …  in addition to your starter kit you’ll also get a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper each month for 6 months!*

If you’d like to have a chat before signing up please email me. If you can’t wait, then you can go ahead and sign up now!. You can do it online with just the following information:

  • Personal contact information
  • Credit card payment information

I’d love to have your company next year :)

Sara xx

* Offer ends Friday 24 October. Terms and conditions apply.

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Convention day 1

I’m sharing updates over on my Facebook page as it’s quicker than posting to my blog. Please join me over there :)

If you type craftingandstamping into the FB search you should find me.

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Convention day 1

The hall is filling up.

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We’ve arrived at Convention 2014,

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We’ve arrived at the Convention centre in Brussels and collected our bag, freebie stamp sets and other little goodies.

By that time we starving so we found a restaurant and finished with waffles – well, when in Belgium …

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Will aim to get back with more updates tomorrow :)

Sara xx

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3 more sleeps to go!

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Yay! I’m excited! I’m off to Brussels on Thursday with my crafting buddies to attend the annual Stampin’ Up! convention.

It’s taking place earlier than usual this year which is great – it’s happening well ahead of bonfire night which is the usual timing. Hubbie stays home to look after our dog Bess and she turns into a jelly as soon as the fireworks start, so I’ll be glad to be back home to help soothe her. Guilt free convention for me this year!

I’m busy working on swaps at the moment so I don’t have anything to share just now as I don’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone :)

If I can find free wifi while I’m there then I’ll post updates as we go along.

Sara xx

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November Creative Christmas Class

SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER

1.15PM – 3.45PM

Come join us to make two special Christmas cards, each with a matching gift box.

November class

In our November class we’re really gearing up for the festive season. We’ll be making:

  • a frosty snowflake flip card with matching curvy keepsake box; and
  • a wreath on the door card with your choice size (from 1-3/4″ square up to 4″ square and sizes in between) simple gift box.

Everyone will receive a bottle each of Original and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details – included in the class price – so you can add a little extra sparkle to all your Christmas projects!

Dazzling details

Location: St Saviour’s Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield

The £15.00 class fee includes:

  • Original Dazzling Details;
  • Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details;
  • all additional materials needed to make the cards;
  • ideas for alternative stamps and embellishments;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • refreshments.

To book your place at this class, please use the Paypal button below:




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Ghoulish tags

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I don’t really bother with Halloween cards but I do make tags to go on the sweets we give out to trick or treaters.

Today’s tag is a really quick and easy one – great for making a whole bunch in one go. This one’s wrapped around a larger bag of choccies as demo model :) whilst I try to find some sweets that will fit easily into the long cello bags.

ghoulish tags

The sentiments from Good Greetings (still available as a hostess freebie during October) were stamped in Black Stazon onto Whisper White card. “Blood splatters” were stamped over the top of the sentiments using Gorgeous Grunge stamps and Real Red ink. After punching the tag out with the Decorative Label it was tied onto the Medium Cello Bag with Real Red Taffeta Ribbon.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Kind & Cozy Window Frame

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This Kind & Cozy sentiment is good for all sorts of occasions and by mixing it with some brighter colours, it keeps the overall card design uplifting – I hope!

kind and cozy

The card base is a 4″ square of Calypso Coral. A mat of Tempting Turquoise was stamped with the small flower from the Kind & Cozy set in Versamark ink in each corner and then heat embossed with Calypso Coral EP before adhering direct to the card front. A Window Frames Collection framelit was die cut from Calypso Coral card and popped up on dimensionals on the card front. After stamping the circular frame from the same Kind & Cozy set in Tempting Turquoise ink onto Whisper White card, the sentiment (also from the same set) was stamped in the centre in Calypso Coral ink. The whole circle was punched out with the 2-1/2″ Circle and popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

kind and cozy inside

The Whisper White insert was simply stamped in each corner again with the same small flower as used on the card front, this time using Calypso Coral ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Tips for positioning repeated stamps

embossed letterpress

A few days ago I shared this card and I’m back again today with a few tips for positioning the stamps to get the repeat effect. You can see that my stamping isn’t quite straight  – so hopefully you can learn from my mistakes :)

Tip 1 – Use photopolymer stamps on clear blocks. You can see through the block and the stamp to see exactly where you’re stamping.

Tip 2 – Stamp your first sentiment where you want the main focus to be (eg. centred on the card front layer) and then use this “base stamp” to work outwards from. I used a different colour so that it would provide further focus.

Tip 3 – Stamp your next sentiment (using a different colour ink) just above and to the right, lining up the  the top and bottom bars of the “Y” with those of the “K” and centring the “T” above the “K”. Repeat on the upper left, lining up the  the top and bottom bars of the “U” with those of the “T” and centring the “K” above the “T”. Continue by “filling in the spaces” above and below and working down the right and left edges.

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Tip 4 – If using embossing powder on a dark cardstock, then consider stamping in White Craft ink instead of Versamark. My stamping isn’t quite straight because I couldn’t see the clear Versamark on the black card clearly enough.

Tip 5 – Again, if using embossing powder, then heat set the first colour before moving on to adding others but take care not to overheat already embossed areas as you add further stamping, otherwise the embossing powder melts back into the card and you don’t get the raised effect.

Have fun.

Sara xx

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