Blog Hop for the Autumn Winter Catalogue

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Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

I love the build up to Christmas, don't you? Waiting to see shops put out the Christmas stock, planning parties, and working out what to make for everyone's presents. But if you're anything like me, one second it's back to school and the next it's December and you haven't managed any of it. I'm determined it'll be different this year and at least I have one Christmas card made and ready to share with you today.

Peaceful pines

I'm a sucker for a good Christmas tree set, and Peaceful Pines (with matching Perfect Pines framelits to make life easier) was the first thing on my wish list. I've also used the Gently Falling textured embossing folder, layered over some Lost Lagoon cardstock. You can just about see the snowflakes stamped in Lost Lagoon from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set underneath the vellum layer. The Dazzling Diamonds glitter strips on the Smoky Slate label layer were created using double sided tape to give even strips without too much effort.

Peaceful pines close up

The pine itself is stamped in Mint Macaron – a perfect grey green to match with the Lost Lagoon and Smoky Slate. The sentiment is also from the Holly Jolly Greetings set. I added Silver Cording Trim and one of the lovely Winter Wonderland Embellishments to finish it all off.

Next stop on our blog hop is Tracy, and I know she has a lovely project to share with you!

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Start Sale-a-Bration 2015 with a Pinkies Blog Hop

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Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using new Stampin' Up!® products that you can earn free during Sale-a-Bration. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

We all say this every year, but Sale-a-Bration is so exciting each time it rolls around. In case you haven't got the idea by now, I'll do a quick recap – choose a free gift with each £45 (or 60€) spend, and extra special benefits for hostesses and new demonstrators! Now, we aren't allowed to share the SAB brochure yet, but you'll see most of the products on offer in this blog hop, so do make sure you make it all the way around!

So… on with my project. I chose to use the Best Year Ever DSP, and I think that sums up SAB for this year – I hope you'll agree once you've seen all the products on offer.

Best day ever scale maille

I can't believe I've managed to make myself actually CUT some new DSP, and before Sale-a-Bration has even started! Not only new DSP, but new FREE DSP. You might think that it makes it easier as I didn't pay a penny for it, but as it's only available for the three months of SAB (6th January – 31st March), I really feel the need to ration myself. Luckily this only needed a 1½" strip of each design to cut out all of the 1" circles, and I have offcuts carefully saved. The coordinating Best Day Ever stamp set is available in photopolymer, which made lining up the words across the top of the card a lot quicker than having to reach for my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig.

Scale maille close up

I was (relatively) reliably informed by my husband that this looks like scale maille, rather than chain maille which is how I first described it to him.

I made it rather more labour intensive that it has to be, as I insisted on measuring out ½" spaced lines with markings each ½" along so that I could line the circles up perfectly. But I am sure that you could get just as perfect a result by eye and save a lot of time.

That's enough from me for now so please hop on over to Christa to see what she's been creating.

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Join Stampin’ Up! for £25

Have you ever wondered if being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is for you? Well, now is the perfect time to find out…

Until 21st October, you can sign up as a demonstrator for only £25 you and take Stampin’ Up! on a test drive!

For £25 you get to choose £26.95 worth of product from any current catalogues (MDS included), then Stampin Up! add a business pack containing catalogues and everything else you need to get your business up and running and it is posted to you with no shipping to pay. You get access to the Stampin’ Up! website and a whole lot of resources to help you on your way.

As a demonstrator, you earn 20% commission on your sales – that could be 20% discount on your own craft goodies. Demonstrators always hear of special offers and new products before customers. You also get to go to Stampin’ Up! regional events and training. Booking for Convention (November in Manchester) closes on 10th October, so you could even manage to join the main Stampin’ Up! event of the year if you’re quick!

To remain a demonstrator, you need to sell (or buy) £270 of product (catalogue price) per quarter. Now, if you sign up with this offer your first quarter doesn’t end until the end of MARCH 2014. That also means you will get sneak peaks of the Spring/Summer catalogue and be able to order new products before customers. You will also get an extra 10% commission on your first order over £150 within 45 days of signing up. AND that order could also benefit from the current Party More, Get More offer of an extra £25 of hostess credit once your order hits £250. This deal keeps getting better and better…

You don’t have to do workshops or classes – I know I started off buying a lot of product for myself! If you don’t reach your sales target by the end of March then there is no penalty whatsoever for stopping being a demonstrator.

If you choose to become part of my team of demonstrators, I can promise you as much one-to-one support as you need, as well as dedicated team resources and training events. You will also benefit from special team incentives, rewards and recognitions. I will work with you to help you gain as much from Stampin’ Up! as you want.

I will also add an extra special free gift when you sign up in my team. You can choose one of the following business resources free:

  • Designer series paper sampler
  • Samples of all the ribbon in the annual catalogue
  • Free retired Sale-a-Bration stamp set to use as an incentive in your business
  • Free custom blog design and set-up (see some of my blog designs here, here and here)

There are limited numbers of each of these available, so don’t delay and email me to join Stampin’ Up! today.

The standard starter kit deal (£99 for £130 worth of product and free business resources and shipping) is not available during the next two weeks. You may wonder which is the better deal for you. Do get in touch and we can go through the numbers. You would still be able to choose one of my free business resources when you do sign up!

 

 

 

 

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Spring-Summer Catalogue Pinkies Blog Hop

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Welcome back and thank you for stopping by today for Part 2 of the Pinkies Spring/Summer Blog Hop. We are showcasing lots of new gorgeous projects today, using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Spring/Summer Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep on hopping. We love comments, so please tell us what you think!

I should also welcome you to my brand new blog. I had got a bit fed up with the mistakes I had made so decided to make a clean start. It has taken a while – I’m too much of a perfectionist! I have kept previous blog hop posts, and photos of old projects will make their way into my gallery page. It’s not perfect yet, but I’m working on it. What do you think?

Anyway… if you are working through part 2 of our blog hop weekend, you should have joined me from Christa’s blog. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about the Rain or Shine stamp set in the cataloge (too much fussy cutting needed!), but I think she now has me convinced.

I decided to use the More Amore designer papers and the Artisan Embellishment kit from our lovely new Spring Summer Seasonal catalogue. Now, with such beautiful papers and accessories, I really had to try hard to actually *cut* them, rather than just admire them. I hope that what I have created does them justice.

More Amore Valentine's card

Combining the Primrose Petals Core’dinations with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder allows you to add a subtle extra texture to any project. I panicked first of all when I saw that I’d have to cut a circle of paper for the Designer Builder brad – I should have known that Stampin’ Up! would have thought of that and matched it to a punch! Luckily the Itty Bitty punch pack had made it in to one of my orders long ago.

I also wanted to try a treat pouch of some sort. 

Valentine's Two Tags treat holder

The Two Tags die has been indispensible lately. Now I just need to work out what to put inside this little treat pocket…

The next stop on our blog hop is Michelle Last. If you’ve finished part 2 of our hop today, do have a look at yesterday’s posts if you haven’t already. There are so many beautiful projects that I know will inspire you. Part 1 of the blog hop starts here.

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Annual Catalogue Pinkies Blog Hop

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We're so glad you could join us on our blog hop. We'll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects from the new Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep on hopping. We love comments, so please do tell us what you think!

If you have arrived here from Alison's blog, thank you for hopping on to my blog. Weren't her projects with the You're Amazing stamp set, well, amazing!? 

I've got two cards made with the beautiful Papillon Potpourri set to show you today. I was so disappointed when the butterfly punch retired in September, but for it to be replaced by the Elegant Butterfly punch that matches this stamp set was more than enough compensation. It's so more realistic as a butterfly motif and the patterns in the stamp set are just stunning. 

Here's card number one…

Papillon Potpourri card

Apologies again for the photo quality – if anyone knows of a good photography and photo editing course, please let me know!

The new Fancy Fan embossing folder creates a lovely, subtle texture as a background. The Victoria crochet trim remains one of my firm favourites, especially in these faux bows. I tried to be sensible ordering from the new catalogue – one thing I am always missing is a decent sentiment. I just seem to have spent my budget before I consider a sentiment set! This one is from Friendly Phrases, and I am sure this set will get me out of many sticky sentiment situations.

One of the first things on my shopping list when my copy of the annual catalogue thumped onto my doormat were the doily dies. In this little notecard I've used the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits and layered a circle cut using the Circles #2 die in Very Vanilla on top of the Baja Breeze to act as a base for the lovely butterfly.

Papillon Potpourri card with delicate doilies

I think I need to set myself a target NOT to use Baja Breeze. I just can't help myself… Maybe a card like this will help – you could make it in any, or dare I say every colour!

The next stop is Nicky Dexter – I am sure you will love her projects with the Fine Feathers set just as much as I do.

 

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