Sneak peeks from convention

One of the highlights of convention is getting to play with goodies from upcoming catalogues and Stampin’ Up! spoiled us with four projects that we got to make – all using supplies that won’t be available to our customers until January (you could get your hands on them by joining my team if you just can’t wait!).

Here’s what we made:

Tags – featuring cute new mini punches.

A card with beautiful embellishments and a DSP that is soooo versatile.

A bright, colourful card with cute little bubbles.

And a gorgeous box that arrives flatpack but is so easy to put together.

Love them all!

Don’t forget that the offers on our Extravaganza this week change daily so be sure to check them out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza

We’re having an Extravaganza! It starts today and runs through to 26 November. The offers will differ from day to day, with exclusive sales and deals on select items.

Just click on the image above to shop.

There are products with 30-40% off, some with 20% off and some with 10% off.

Today we have an additional selection of stamp sets that have 20% off – but only until 22.59 tonight! These include some great sets for colouring in and one of my personal favourites:

Number of Years

Pop back to the shop each day to see what new offers are available.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Swaps from Onstage

Another quick picture post today. These are the wonderful swaps I received back from the talented ladies and gentlemen I met up with at Onstage last weekend.

A huge thank you to everyone who swapped with me 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Gold and Black Year of Cheer Christmas card

I’m back today with the third of the designs I made for my swaps last weekend.

More Year of Cheer Specialty DSP and more Foil Snowflakes but this time combined with the Merry Little Labels Bundle.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. A card front layer of Year of Cheer Specialty DSP was wrapped with 1/8″ Gold Ribbon before adhering it direct to the card front. A small piece of the same Ribbon was tied on in a knot. One of the Merry Little Labels was stamped onto a scrap of Basic Black card with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold EP. After punching out the label with the Everyday Label, a Foil Snowflake was adhered behind before popping up the layers on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, another of the Merry Little Labels was stamped in Basic Black ink and a scrap of the same DSP used on the front, was adhered below.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Onstage Convention freebies

A quick post today to share with you all the freebies I got when I attended our Stampin’ Up! convention, otherwise known as Onstage, last weekend 🙂

A handy bag for carrying everything around in.

Another bag … and a shiny pin … to celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary (10 years in Europe, 30 years in the US).

A cute coffee mug.

A pretty notebook and pens.

And last, but most important, preview stamp sets and a few extra goodies.

I love SU! conventions! And I didn’t even have to pay to go – I used my Flex points (points that you get awarded for sales, recruiting and leadership) – bonus!

Have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Reserve your Stamparatus – Update

Updated

The first reservation window sold out within 15 minutes! I knew this was going to be popular but it’s even bigger than that 🙂

The next reservation window opens on 5 December to reserve your Stamparatus for delivery in March (no payment is taken until it’s ready for despatch). If you’d like one then please email me to discuss options (I may be able to secure a limited number if you won’t be near a computer at that time/date).

I bought one of the other stamp positioning tools on the market because SU! didn’t have one at the time but to be honest this is streets ahead of the others, so I’m getting one of these and putting my other on eBay 🙂

For more details about the Stamparatus or the reservation system please pop over to this earlier post.

Please remember that reservation windows are only open until the scheduled date or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! If supplies are gone then you have to wait until the next reservation window. The reservation windows are:

If you have any questions then please email me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Year of Cheer Christmas card

I’m back today with another one of the designs I made for my swaps at the weekend. In previous years I’ve generally made 50-60 of the same design. That’s easier for me in terms of time spent designing but it can get a bit too repetitive. This year I made 4 batches of 10-20 different designs. It needed a little more planning time but it was more fun 🙂

I used Year of Cheer Specialty DSP (because it definitely has the wow factor) and combined it with Merry Mistletoe as it has great sentiments.

The card base is a small 4″ square of Chocolate Chip card, matted with Year of Cheer Specialty DSP. A sentiment from Merry Mistletoe was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Copper EP. This was die cut out with a Layering Circle Oval and matted onto another Oval die cut from Chocolate Chip card. A Foil Snowflake was cut into three pieces and one of the pieces adhered behind the ovals before popping the sentiment up on dimensionals on the front of the card.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment and a bough from the same Merry Mistletoe set were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Remember to pop back tomorrow evening to reserve your Stamparatus!

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Check out the Stamparatus!

Wow! We have been needing one of these for sooo long. Stampin’ Up! took their time to get this right though and it is amazing!

This fantastic stamp tool has been developed by a volunteer team of experienced demonstrators and takes the other stamping tools on the market a step further!

As well as:

  • making multiples with ease,
  • restamping an image to make it crisper,
  • easy positioning for 2/3/4 step stamping,
  • rulers and grids for lining up
  • designed for use with with both clear and photopolymer stamps,

the stamparatus also has:

  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • magnet storage areas
  • retail price–59,00 €/£44.00

Take a look at the video to get a better idea.

With the launch of this tool, SU! are trying something different: testing a new reservation system. And it acts like a true pre-order. You reserve your spot and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.

The reservation window opens at 9:00 p.m. (GMT) on 16 November for shipping around 1 February 2018. I’ll share the reservation link here on this website as soon as possible once the window is open but if you’re interested please reserve quickly as the window will only be open until 30 November or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! (I don’t expect it will make it through to 30 November). If supplies are gone then you have to wait until the next reservation window. The reservation windows are:

The following Q&A should help to answer any questions about the reservation system but if you have any unanswered questions then please email me.

Customer Stamparatus Reservation Questions

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?

A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page (which I’ll share as soon as it’s available) which will take you to the reservation page.

Q:What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?

A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?

A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?

A: No, though you will need a credit card to make the reservation. You will be billed when you finalise and close your order.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?

A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. At this time you will pay for and finalise your order.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?

A: Not at the time of the reservation. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order.

Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?

A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?

A: You can cancel your reservation at any time.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalogue?

A: Yes. Once the annual catalogue ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?

A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.

 Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?

A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?

A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

As I said, if you still have any unanswered questions then please email me.

I’ll be back with the reservation link as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Silver Seasonal Layers Christmas card

I’m back now from the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event and bursting with news … which I’m not allowed to share with you until tomorrow night after 9pm! To be fair – that’s to make sure that we don’t spoil surprises for demonstrators in other time zones 🙂

So for now I’ll share one of the designs I made for my swaps. All my swaps were Christmas cards or treats just in case I brought any back with me, they’d come in handy for my own Christmas giving. I needn’t have worried. I took around 56 swaps with me and was all swapped out before the first session started!

Apologies for the photo quality. I should have realised that white on white could be a problem and should have photographed against a black background. The white on white with spots of silver is really elegant though IRL.

The card base is a small 4″ square of Thick Whisper White card. A smaller card front layer of the same card was stamped in Versamark ink with a sentiment from Merry Mistletoe and heat embossed with Silver EP. The 2″ Circle was punched from the bottom right hand corner before popping the layer up on the card front with dimensionals. A large snowflake and the tiny “lemon slice” circle from the Seasonal Layer thinlits were die cut from Silver Foil and popped up in the negative circle space with a mini dimensional (the “lemon slice” circle hides the mini dimensional). The snowflake was then finished with a Basic Rhinestone in the centre.

On the inside of the card another sentiment and a bough from the same Merry Mistletoe set were stamped in Smoky Slate.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Come back soon for the exciting news I have to share!

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Blended Orchid birthday card

Today’s birthday card uses the Stampin’ Blends to colour the pretty flowers from the Climbing Orchid stamp set.

The pattern the Garden Trellis embossing folder, is also a pattern used within the Petal Garden DSP Stack, though the sizing of the pattern varies between the two. This card design uses the repeating pattern as a non-intrusive background to the flower.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Old Olive matted with Petal Garden DSP and then a smaller panel of Smoky Slate that was first run through the Big Shot with the Garden Trellis embossing folder. Using Memento Black ink, the large lined orchid segments and the large leaf were stamped onto scraps of Whisper White.  The flowers and leaves were coloured with both light and dark Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. Daffodil Delight ink was used to stamp the centre of the flower onto a scrap of Whisper White card and the stamens were stamped over the top with Memento Black ink once the coloured ink was fully dry (otherwise it could “bleed”). The co-ordinating Orchid Builder framelits were used to die cut out the flower elements and leaves, which were then popped up on the card front with dimensionals. Memento Black ink was used to stamp a sentiment from Thoughtful Banners onto a narrow strip of Whisper White card which was flagged at one end before adding it to the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert further sentiments from Thoughtful Banners were stamped in Memento Black ink and a smaller full orchid from the Climbing Orchid set was stamped in Daffodil Delight ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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