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Convention swaps 2013 – part 2

A quick post today, sharing the rest of the general swaps that I received at convention:

Swaps set 4


Swaps set 5


Swaps set 6


Swaps set 7


Swaps set 8


As before, if you’d like to see any of them close up then just leave me a comment, describing the card/object and which of the sets it’s in.

And again a huge thank you to everyone that swapped with me. I appreciate every mini work of art!

Sara xx

Convention MDS class and swaps

One of the Convention programme items I was most looking forward to, was the MDS class. Although I’ve been playing around with MDS for a while now I actually prefer to have a little structure to my learning Smile

We walked through the whole project from start to finish to make this card:


All the elements needed are in the Basic package with no need to purchase any further add-ons.

Don’t forget that you can get a FREE 30 day trial of MDS to give it a test drive.

If you’re like me and prefer a more structured approach to your learning we now also have some digital classes that you can buy online. These include both digital products to use (eg. digital papers and stamps) and also videos that take you step by step through a project or two (just like we had at Convention, all in the comfort of your own home). There are plenty of free tutorials on the internet and  you can learn so much just by playing (you really can’t break it Laughing) but I’m loving these classes.

I also received a few MDS hybrid swaps (mixing MDS and real products) whilst I was at Convention.

From Jenny McCormac, combining an MDS background and lettering with real life stamping:


From Donna Pinnock, combining an MDS background with a decoupaged tea cup stack and a little Dazzling Details:


From Debbie Goffin, combining an MDS background with punched card elements and ribbons:


I think we’ll have a lot more hybrid swaps at the next convention Smile

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx


Convention 2013 swaps from teammates

Back to more Convention swaps today and these ones are from our Paper Dolls team Smile

From Jan, using Butterfly Collection:

butterfly collection

Also from Jan, using the Owl punch to create a little holder for this cute little owl nail file:

owl punch

From Joanne, using By the Tide:

by the tide

From Suse, using Too Kind:

too kind

From Cheryl, using Wetlands:


From June, using Festive Flurry:

festive flurry

From Maria, using Post Card:

post card

From Krista, using Hearts a Flutter:

hearts a flutter

From Mari, using the Lattice die:


From Joanne, using Chalk Talk:

chalk talk

From Hazel, using Timeless Talk:

timeless talk

I seem to be missing my swap from Dorothy (sorry Dorothy).

Still a few more days of Convention news and projects to share with you! It just goes on and on, doesn’t it – just shows how packed the two and a bit days are!

Sara xx

Convention 2013 card candy swaps in return

card candy pack

Yesterday I shared the card candy that I made for our swap at Convention 2013 (pictured above so you can see the full set in one post) and I’m back today to share the gorgeous card candy packs that I received in return. One of our swap group was poorly and is arranging to post the missing set to us.

Here then, are the rest.

From Claire, using Label Something:

Label something

From Suse, using Christmas Collectibles:

christmas collectibles

From Jacqui, using Hearts a Flutter:

Hearts a flutter

From Jan, using Warmth & Wonder:

warmth and wonder

From Joanne, using Chalk Talk:

chalk talk

From Nicola, using Fitting Occasion:

fitting occasion

From Michelle, using By the Tide:

by the tide

From Dawn, using Best of Christmas:

best of christmas

Aren’t they beautiful!

And they make great gifts for crafty friends – not these sets of course, these are mine! – but if you sit with your punches in front of the tv, you can easily put together a few of these.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx


Convention swaps 2013 – part 1

A very quick post today to just share some of the marvelous swaps that I got in return for mine at convention.

I made 1 Festive Flurry card in three different colour ways that I shared with you previously and I also made a small origami treat holder which I’ll share soon.

These were just some of the swaps that I got in return:

Swaps set 1

swaps 1

Swaps set 2

swaps 2

Swaps set 3

swaps 3

If you’d like to see any of them close up then just leave me a comment, describing the card/object and which of the three sets it’s in.

A huge thank you to everyone that swapped with me. I appreciate every mini work of art!

Sara xx

Convention team gifts 2013

team gift close up

I like to do something a little special for the team mates that come with me to Convention and this year I made them all a little Convention Survival bag. Originally I was going to make it to resemble a first aid box but then decided that they might prefer a more girlie bag that they could more easily re-gift Smile

team gift

The box was made with Cherry Cobbler Textured card (132129) on the Simply Scored board (122334) with a layer of Season of Style DSP (132340). Both were shaped along one edge with the Adorning Accents Edglits die (125595). The flower was made with a combination of Blossom (125603) and Pansy (130698) punches and Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive card and secured to the bag lid with an Antique Brad (117273). A handle of Cherry Cobbler Stitched Edge Ribbon (132135) was threaded through holes reinforced with 1″ Circles (119868) punched from Old Olive card.

Each Convention Survival bag contained:

  • Hot choc – to help you wind down and sleep when your mind’s racing with ideas
  • Kitkat – for when you need a break
  • Plaster – to cushion that blister!
  • Clip – for when you need to hold it all together
  • Stickies – for adding quick notes to your catty
  • Mints – for a quick freshener and pick me up
  • Highlighter – for highlighting those great ideas or must have purchases

The stickies and clip were “dressed up”.

team gift contents

The clip was covered in Season of Style DSP. To create a backing for the Stickies, the gingham circle from Kind & Cozy (Wood 129123 or Clear 129126) was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Whisper White card, punched out with the 2-1/2 Circle (120906) and adhered to another 2-1/2″ Circle of Textured Cherry Cobbler card.

I hope they found them useful Smile

Would you like to join the team and come along with us to Convention? Next year’s will take place in Brussels, 16-18 October.

A quick check on the internet shows Eurostar tickets from £69 return and its possible to find a hotel from only £40 per night, so travel costs don’t have to be expensive … and if you work your Stampin’ Up! business, you could earn the money to cover those expenses before we go!

Email me for more information about joining (I have a few tips to share) or if you can’t wait, then click here to sign up now.

Sara xx


Silver 2 reception 2013

silver 2 table centrepiece

On the first evening of Convention there is a Mix and Mingle event where everyone gets to exchange their swaps and do Make and Takes.

Everyone that is, except those who have achieved a level of Silver 2 or above. That group receive an invitation to an exclusive Silver 2 Reception. Thanks to my customers and my team (Silver 2 is based on a combination of sales, recruitment and leadership), I was invited back again for a second year. And we were pampered even more this year than last.

We got to mingle with each other first of all, then we were called through to the main event. Our tables were set with the beautiful frozen centrepieces pictured above and at each place setting was our gift:

silver 2 gift

A pen that commemmorates the occasion and a portfolio. This is going to come in so useful.

silver 2 gift inside

We had a short presentation … which included some stamping, yay! Then it was on to the food and whilst we were eating we were treated to a live performance by a male singer.

silver 2 menu

Before and after the meal there were also a couple of artists circulating, creating silhouettes, simply by cutting paper. What a marvelous treat for us. I loved chatting artist to artist (he’s definitely more artistic than I am Smile) and I was relieved that he was kind to me in his portrayal of my chin(s).

silhouette artist

If you’d like to know more about how to join our Paper Dolls team and promote to Silver 2 in the future, then please email me.

A big thank you again to all my customers and my team for getting me to the reception Laughing

Sara xx

Festive Flurry convention swaps


It’s over for another year Cry

Our Stampin’ Up! convention that is. We’ve had a fantastic time and I’ve gained so much inspiration and seen so many sneak peeks over the last few days … and I want to share as much as I can with you. So I’m going to post every single day for the next week – pix of swaps, freebie goodies we picked up along the way, recipes  and even a few sneak peeks and news of what’s to come in the next few months!

So, first up is one of the two general swaps that I took with me. Some of my team kindly helped make the first colour variation and then I roped my hubby into helping with the other two! (thank you all Kiss)

flurry bermuda

The card base is a small square of Bermuda Bay (131286). A slightly smaller square of Pool Party card (124391) was run through the Big Shot with the Pretty Print embossing folder (132175). After stamping the smallest Festive Flurry snowflake (Wood 131778 or Clear 131781) with Bermuda Bay ink (131171) onto Whisper White card (106549) it was die cut out with the matching Festive Flurry framelit (132193). Buy the stamps and framelits together as a bundle and save 15% (Wood bundle 133284 or Clear bundle 133285). The small snowflake was adhered directly and centrally to the card front. The smallest and second largest snowflake framelits were then used in combination, to die cut a single snowflake shape from Bermuda Bay card. This was popped up on slivers of dimensionals, aligning it with the stamped version. Finally a Basic Rhinestone (119246) was added to the centre.

flurry eggplant

For this purple version, Elegant Eggplant card (108614) and ink (126969) and Wisteria Wonder card (124389) were used.

flurry glimmer

And for this gorgeous, glitzy version, it was Shimmery White card (121717), Brushed Silver card (124918) and Silver Glimmer Paper (124005). The stamping was done with Versamark ink (102283) and heat embossed with Silver EP (109131).

Strangely this year, I actually brought back some of these swaps. There was so much to do on a our two-day fun packed agenda that we just didn’t have enough time for swapping. Not to worry though, I picked this design on purpose so that I can use them as my Christmas cards now!

Want to make your own Festive Flurry Christmas cards? Just click on the links to order online or email me to find out about alternative ways to order.

Sara xx


2013 SU! convention


Well, we’ve been having a blast at convention and there’s still another full day of it to go! This is a bunch of the team at the Awards night last night.

There’s been a lot of exciting news and I’ve been sharing it on Facebook as it’s been announced so if you want to keep up with today’s news then please like our page using the FB button on the right.

We now have an Undefined stamp set that you can carve yourself. There are beautiful new products coming out on 1 December for Valentines but they’ll also work well for anniversaries and other occasions. Convention next year will be in Brussels, 16-18 October and our Incentive trip is to Portugal.

We’ve also been getting lots of sneak peeks from the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues – so much excitement.

Now I need to head off for breakfast but don’t forget you’ll get the latest news quickest over on our Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Join us at our Team Training on Sunday 14 April

Would you like to know more about the benefits of being a demonstrator?

Please come along and join us at our Paper Dolls team training event on Sunday 14 April. You’ll be able to find out how the hobby demos and business demos get the most from their membership, find out more about Convention in Manchester in November, pick up tips for keeping your demonstratorship current so that you can attend Convention … and of course we can’t meet up without doing some crafting! So, we’ll also have our regular agenda items of demonstrations and make and takes.

We’ll be meeting at the Doghill Community Centre at Shafton on Sunday 14 April (1pm – 3pm approx).

We regularly open our meetings to anyone who may be thinking of joining our team or purchasing the SU! Starter Kit. There’s no pressure to sign up – we’re not that kind of team – just a chance to find out more and get any questions you may have, answered.

We do need to know though, how many make and take packs to prepare, so if you’re interested in coming along, then please email me or give me a ring on 0775 1133886 to let me know. I’ll give you detailed instructions for finding the venue when you get in touch.

Sara xx