New Online Exclusives and March Kit Release

by Joanne James11. March 2024 21:00

I have another post for you today with the details of a whole range of new Online Exclusives that launched last week - and the new kits for March too! Firstly, Online Exclusives! A reminder that you won’t find these products in any catalogue; they are available whilst supplies last - all from the convenience of the online store. 

There are 2 new suites. First up - Little Latte Suite Collection:


You’ll find the perfect blend of creativity and fun with the Little Latte Suite Collection. Make steaming coffee mugs and hot chocolate cups the focal point on your card fronts. Or design a breakfast scene with all the coordinating suite products! Make heartfelt projects in neutral colours featuring so many coffee-related designs and die cuts that all your coffee-loving friends will love a latte! The Little Latte Suite Collection includes:

  • LATTE LOVE DIES (10% off)
The second suite is the Flowering Zinnias Suite:
Whether you want something groovy or a little more elegant, the Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection has everything you need to create a wide range of all-occasion crafts! The stamps and dies work perfectly together to create flowering zinnias that burst right from the page. Use the vibrant crafting paper as card backgrounds or for die-cut flowers and greenery. And the bright embellishments will sparkle in your designs. So if you want to make groovy gift tags or thoughtful thank-you cards, this suite just can’t be beat! The Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection includes:
  • SIMPLY ZINNIA DIES (10% off)

There are 3 new bundles: the Magnolia Mood bundle:


Create magnolias so beautiful you can almost smell them. Stamp, then die cut a single flower or a bouquet to use on cards or other paper crafts. For a striking effect, stamp the image on a card, then layer detailed die cuts over it. You’ll love how it looks!


The Filled With Fun Bundle:


Celebrate the big and little moments in life with the Filled with Fun Bundle! This playful set helps you create a wagon that you can fill with goodies. Use bright colours and fun patterned paper for the die cuts and coordinating stamps. It’s a great way to celebrate birthdays, graduations, and everyday successes.


Encircled In Nature Bundle


The Encircled in Nature Bundle includes the Encircled in Nature Stamp Set and the Encircled in Nature Dies. Create outdoor-inspired paper crafting projects bursting with organic greenery encircled in natural wreaths. Use the stamp set and dies to mix and match stamped images and die-cut elements for a variety of looks. The dies cut out the stamped images and include additional plant elements like oak leaves and wildflowers with lightly embossed details. The sentiments fit inside the wreath, or you can add them anywhere on your project for a variety of looks. Your creations with this bundle will look like you’ve foraged the best nature has to offer without getting a single mosquito bite!
There are also a number of additional single stamps and accessories - click on 'Online Exclusives' in the online store for more details:
There are 2 new kits that have been added to the online collection for March too:
Your Day To Shine Kit
Say hello, happy birthday, or recognise someone with the Your Day to Shine Kit. Everyone will appreciate one of these pretty floral cards and matching envelopes. If you?re new to card making, you?ll love how this kit makes crafting super simple, because all of the pieces are printed, die-cut, and ready to use – no stamping or cutting needed! If you're an experienced crafter, you?ll love the artistic beauty of these card designs. Includes sentiments in English, Dutch, French, and German.

Kit includes:
* Pre-designed projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs
* Folded card sizes: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm), 3" x 3" (7.6 x 7.6 cm)
* 9 pre-printed envelopes
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Adhesive-backed iridescent rhinestones
* Die-cut vellum pieces
* Printed labels and die cut images
* Printed sentiments in four languages: English, Dutch, French, German
Frog & Friends Kit
DIY a classic cup-and-ball game! With the Frog & Friends Kit, you can craft six cup-and-ball games in three designs: a fun frog, a flashy fish, and a silly shark. The kit includes everything you need to complete the games, even googly eyes! It's a great kit for crafting with kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, play groups-kids and kids at heart!

Kit includes:
* Pre-designed projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 6 cup-and-ball games: 2 each of 3 designs
* Finished size: 4-1/4" x 7-1/4" x 1-1/2" (10.8 x 18.4 x 3.8 cm)
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Acrylic shapes
* Stickers
* Twine
Lots to look over here! Check out my online store for more details and to purchase any of the items above.

Reasons to Celebrate Today: Sale-A-Bration 2024, A New Mini Catalogue And 2 New KitsToo

by Joanne James4. January 2024 09:00

Happy New Year everyone! I took an extended blog break over Christmas to spend time with family and loved every minute of it. That said, it's the 4th January and time for a new mini-catalogue and our 2024 Sale-A-Bration promotion so today I'm back to tell you all about it! Once again this year there will be only one Sale-A-Bration promotion: it runs from today until 29th February. You can click on the catalogue on the right hand side of my blog page or below to access the Sale-A-Bration leaflet to download a copy or click on the icon above or on the right to go directly to my online shopto place an order - we are LIVE!


So how does Sale-A-Bration work? For anyone who hasn't come across it before, it's Stampin' Up!'s annual promotion that is loaded with offers whether you shop, join or host.


You can earn a free Sale-A-Bration product for every £45 you spend between 4 January and 29 February. There is also the opportunity to earn even bigger rewards with a £90 purchase. It's the perfect time to purchase those products you've had on your wish list and earn more products for FREE! 


If you host a party or place an individual order with purchases of £275 or more, you can choose an additional £27.50 of products in addition to your standard rewards for FREE!

It’s also one of the best times of the year to join Stampin’ Up! There are two fabulous joining options during this year's Sale-A-Bration promotion: 


  • OPTION 1: Spend £99 and receive £130 of product of your choice and a Stampin' Glass Mat Studio (retail value £56)


The Stampin’ Glass Mat Studio is a paper crafter’s dream! The heavy-duty glass mat comes printed with a ruler and grid lines for easy measuring, while the large surface space gives ample room for spreading out while paper crafting. The safety-tempered glass has a heat and scratch resistant surface that wipes clean with the included cloth and water—no chemicals needed. The reusable cloth also cleans ink off your stamps! The nonslip, heat resistant, waterproof silicone mat features four palette squares for mixing custom ink colours or for holding small ink spots in place while crafting. Each component can be used separately or you can use all three items together for a multipurpose paper crafting studio that’s both functional and elegant. 

The Stampin’ Glass Mat Studio includes:

* 5 mm thick
* 17" x 14" (43.2 x 35.6 cm)
* Safety-tempered
* Heat and scratch resistant
* Wipes clean with water or alcohol
* 8-3/8" x 6" (21.3 x 15.2 cm) 
* Multiuse, nonslip
* Waterproof, heat resistant
* 4 palette squares for custom-colour mixing or holding Stampin’ Spots
* Product colour: white
* 8-1/4" x 8-1/4" (21 x 21 cm) 
* Durable, reusable
* Lint free
* Cleans stamps and other surfaces with only water
* Product colour: dark grey

If the Stampin' Glass mat Studio isn't of interest to you, you might prefer the following alternative:

  • OPTION 2: Spend £99 and receive £160 of product of your choice.

There is plenty of choice and flexibility, whether you want to be a hobby demonstrator and just use your discount to enable you to purchase craft supplies more cheaply, or alternatively would like to build a flourishing direct sales business and sell supplies to others - it's entirely up to you. Above all else, it's a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals united through a common love of crafting.

If you would like to host a virtual or in-person party, please do get in touch. Equally if you've ever thought about becoming an SU! demonstrator, now is a great time to do so - I would love to have a no-obligation chat with you about joining my team and the benefits.

As if that wasn't enough, today also sees the launch of the new January-April 2024 mini catalogue - full of gorgeous new products:


Just click on the image above or in the sidebar on the right to browse the catalogue online, or contact me on 07773 421446 if you would like a paper copy posted out to you and you don't already have a demonstrator; paper copies have been sent to my regular customers. If you are as excited as me and just can't wait, here's the link to my online store - everything is available to purchase from today!

Finally, two new kits have also been added to the online store today:


Create handmade cards for all the rockstars in your life with the Rock Legend Kit! This all-occasion paper crafting kit comes with everything you need to make cards that totally rock. Get crafting with die-cut paper pieces of electric guitars, lightning bolts, stars, and other fabulous designs. Make eight cards (four each of two designs) with bold colours and pre-printed sentiments to celebrate birthdays and more!

The kit costs £14 and includes:
*Pre-designed projects
*Step-by-step instructions
*Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
*Printed sentiment labels in Dutch, English, French, and German
*Makes 8 cards: 4 each of 2 designs
*Folded card size: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm)
*8 pre-printed envelopes
*Enough adhesive to complete projects
*Adhesive-Backed Star Embellishments
*A 9-7/8" x 6-1/2" x 1-3/4" (25.1 x 16.5 x 4.4 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go


Send adorable cards filled with love with the Panda Friends Kit! These irresistible pandas are perfect for celebrating love and friendship throughout the year. This kit includes cards in two different sizes to keep your crafting versatile and fresh. Use the pre-printed sentiments to make quick multiples and send happy hello greetings to those you care about!

This kit also costs £14 and it includes:
*Pre-designed projects
*Step-by-step instructions
*Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
*Printed sentiment labels in Dutch, English, French, and German
*Makes 8 cards: 4 each of 2 designs
*Folded card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 cm x 14 cm), 8-1/2" x 3-1/2" (21.6 cm x 8.9 cm)
*8 pre-printed envelopes
*Enough adhesive to complete all projects
*Iridescent Sequin Embellishments
*A 9-7/8" x 6-1/2" x 1-3/4" (25.1 x 16.5 x 4.4 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go.

If you would like more information on any of the above, please don't hesitate to get in touch! 

Thanks so much for popping by - it's always nice to share good news! Back tomorrow with a creative post that uses some exciting new product! That post will go live at noon. Until then, happy shopping!


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A Fabulous 35 Anniversary Joining Offer And new Christmas Kits

by Joanne James3. October 2023 09:00

It's the start of October and there's lots of news to share with you! A fantastic joining offer and two new Christmas-themed kits launch today. First up:


Stampin' Up! wants to celebrate our 35th anniversary in style! From 3 to 31 October, anyone who joins our fun crafting community as a new demonstrator can choose either 35% OFF the cost of their Starter Kit or get 35% MORE product with their Starter Kit! What a deal! 

New demonstrators can choose one of the following options for their Starter Kit:

Option 1: Get 35% OFF the normal cost of a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit. Those who select this option will receive £130 worth of product for only £64.35!

Option 2: Get 35% MORE product with their Starter Kit. Those who select this option will receive £175.50 worth of product by spending £99!

No matter which option new demonstrators choose for your Starter Kit, both provide you with free business supplies and free shipping on your Starter Kit—not to mention all the fun that comes with being part of Stampin’ Up!

If that wasn't enough - it gets better! Those who sign up for a Starter Kit during this offer will also be automatically registered for FREE to our virtual OnStage@Home event on 11 November—an event that has a £72 value! At this virtual, one-day event, we’ll celebrate our 35th Stampin’ Up! anniversary, watch lots of presentations, and view new products in action from the January–April 2024 Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure. In fact, attendees will be able to order brand new products for the Craft Along Experience where they’ll follow along and create crafts from the comfort of their own homes!

Joining offers like this one don't come along often, so whether you're looking for friendship, a hobby, a business or lots more besides, there really is no better time to consider joining Stampin' Up! If you would like more information or help in deciding which option suits you best, do get in touch with me - I would love to chat to you about the benefits of being a part of our stamping community. If you've read this far and have already decided you want to be a part of it - click here to join my awesome Stampin' Up! team.

In addition to this month's joining offer, there are also two new kits that are available from today in the online store:

Celebrate Christmas with everyone, everywhere with the Christmas Everywhere Kit by Stampin’ Up! It comes with everything you need to create 9 Christmas cards in 3 festive designs featuring trees from around the world. Get an early start on your Christmas crafting and send some festive cheer to friends and loved ones wherever they are! Here's a couple of additional images of the kit in more detail:


Here'a a link to the unboxing video for this kit:

The second kit released today is the Rustic Christmas Countdown Kit. This kit has all you need to make a rustic, 25 day paper advent calendar. What a great way to bring a classic, cosy Christmas feeling to your home this season! 


Here's a couple of additional images of the kit in more detail:


Here'a a link to the unboxing video too:

Aren't they just great?! Both of these kits are available right now by placing an order with me or in my online store by clicking on either of the links below - remember to add the current host code (see the box on the right hand side of my blog) for a thank you from me:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Lots to think about in this post! Back later with today's creative project - until then, happy shopping - or maybe even joining! 

Up to 30% Off Stampin' Up! Kits During August

by Joanne James1. August 2023 14:00

You all know what a fan I am of Stampin' Up!'s kits - they make for a perfect crafty evening in with friends, whether you are a seasoned crafter or have never crafted before and would like to try something new. Kits are fun, quick and easy and all-inclusive so there's nothing to buy and nothing to store afterwards and with so many different styles and types, there's something for everyone. During August you can save up to 30% on all kits - what could be better?! You don't need a code - all kits have already been discounted in the online store - links to each of those currently available are below; I'll be sharing details on some of my favourites on social media during this month, but I just want to draw your attention to some recent new additions, including the Festive Tags kit that launches today:

If you would like to start crafting handmade creations for Christmas and New Year, the Festive Tags Kit has everything you need to create 15 festive gift tags in less than an hour - no stamping required! There are several other Christmas card and tag kits in the online store too, so definitely worth a look.

Another recently launched stamping kit is the Boho Beach kit:

This all-inclusive kit comes with everything you need to make eight beautiful beach-inspired cards. Send a friendly note to the people you love and don’t miss the acrylic-poured paint art style used in this kit for a dazzling marbled colour effect! It’s time to take a well-deserved break, sit back, and take friends and family to the beach from the comfort of your home!

Finally the Blossom Wishes Kit:

Celebrate your friends with special slimline cards from the Blossom Wishes Kit! With vellum blossoms and foiled details, you can quickly put together a fun paper craft! This kit also comes with pre-cut sentiments in Dutch, English, French, and German, so you can send a card and say hello to friends near and far.

Kits make great gifts too - you can make up the projects and then give them away for someone else to use or give them an unopened kit to bring them crafting pleasure of their own and there are some great kits for children, including the fun Love This Memory Notebook - this could be a fun way to record and document vacation activities:

To get your hands on a discounted kit, you can either get in touch to place your order or alternatively visit my online store. Or if you would like to arrange a 'kit together' event with friends for a fun evening out, then do get in touch!

As with all kits, they are available whilst stocks last; the online store will show a full range of what is currently available; to purchase, simply click on the links below. Happy shopping!


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Need A Christmas Gift? New Kits Added To The Kits Collection

by Joanne James6. December 2022 14:00


I thought today it was time to update you about the new kits have been added to Stampin' Up!'s line of all-inclusive craft kits recently and highlight a few other recent additions that may have passed you by.

For anyone not familiar with the Kits Collection, they are designed to be the perfect introduction to paper-crafting. They are great for the beginner crafter or the seasoned crafter on the go. Whatever your skill or experience, the kits are designed for you, the customer, to be in control and choose the kit experience that is most comfortable for you. Kits are all-inclusive, pre-cut, and ready to use with complete step-by-step instructions. The following kits have been added this month and are now available in the online store: 

Christmas Gifting Tags Kit

You’ll love the ease of gift gifting this year with the Christmas Gifting Kit! This tag and gift card holder kit is a simple way to enhance the Christmas gifting experience for you and your loved ones. Create gorgeous gift tags with attached gift cards holders so you can give your friends and family gift cards to the places they love while adding a handmade touch.

Cozy And Bright Christmas Card Kit

Celebrate the season with a card kit that has everything you need to make 12 festive cards. Wish those you love a merry Christmas and a joyous New Year with classic pine, cinnamon, and orange designs that will warm any heart. And the gold foil details add that special something to these seasonal designs. Don’t let the Christmas time overwhelm you–get your all-inclusive kit and make quick multiples everyone will love! 

These kits are perfect for a spot of Christmas crafting and a great way to add a personal touch to festive mail. In addition, the following non-seasonal card kits have also been added recently and are worth a look:

 The Best Remedy Card Kit

We all know that sometimes life stinks. When it does, there's a simple solution: The Best Remedy Kit! Make one of the adorable, under-the-weather animals the focal point of your card. Then customise your project with the stamp set and embellishments. The stamp set includes cute images and fun phrases that are sure to deliver a smile. When someone you love needs a pick-me-up, this kit offers the perfect remedy!

A Million Thanks Card Kit

Say “thank you” in style and dazzle with layers of dimensions with the versatile A Million Thanks Kit! This kit has everything you need to create beautiful, all-occasion cards to express your gratitude. Mix and match card bases, sentiments, pre-cut die pieces, and embellishments to create expertly crafted cards with ease. It’s never been so easy to show how seriously grateful you are!

There are also some new non-card/no stamping kits that are great for gift giving:

Birthday Card Organiser Kit

Get ready to party all year long with the Birthday Card Organizer Kit! This kit comes with everything you need to help you get organised and never miss out on a birthday celebration. It comes with the supplies to make 12 birthday cards with matching envelopes that you can easily customise. This kit is filled with pre-cut floral and background pieces to really make your crafts unique. And don’t forget the 8" x 10" (20.3 x 25.4 cm) yearly birthday organiser with sticker sentiments in multiple language options for perfect (and practical) personalisation! You can keep track of all your loved one’s birthdays, then make and save a card for them in the cardholder for each month. No matter who you are celebrating, you can give them something great!

Love This Memory Notebook Kit


Relive your favourite memories with this blast from the past! The Love This Memory Notebook Kit is the perfect way to preserve amazing moments from your life in a fun and colourful way. Gather up photos and paste them into the included notebook and decorate!

Celebrate Today Magnet Board Kit


The Celebrate Today Magnet Board Kit includes supplies to create a magnet board designed to organise aspects of your daily life in a beautiful way. With interchangeable messages, backgrounds, and envelopes, you can decorate your magnet board to best suit your style and needs!

Kit includes:
*Pre-designed projects
*Step-by-step instructions
*Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 1 framed magnet board
*Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Includes 6 magnet clips
* Includes 2 image sticker sheets and 4 sentiment sticker sheets (1 each for the following languages: Dutch, English, French, and German)
* Includes 24 double-sided 4" x 3" (10.2 x 7.6 cm) cards
* Includes 2 sheets of 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) paper
*A 9-7/8" x 6-1/2" x 2-3/4" (25.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go
* Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate

Stampin' Up! kits offer great value for money and with Christmas on the horizon, they would make great gifts. So whether you are looking for something for a new crafter, a busy crafter or just someone who likes quick and easy projects, these kits are the perfect solution. Links to all of these and lots more available in the online store can be found below - happy shopping! 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

A Stampin' Up! October Full Of Treats Starting With Free Shipping Today!

by Joanne James4. October 2022 13:12

We have just entered the month of October, synonymous with Halloween and the practice of 'trick or treat'. There are no tricks here though, only treats as far as Stampin' Up! us concerned so here is a round-up of everything happening this month.


First up - free shipping on orders over £60 for today only:

Orders need to be placed before 10.59pm this evening - just click on the image to visit the online store and enjoy the saving. This is a great time to stock up on basics, supplies for Christmas crafting, or a kit or two for Christmas gifting. Remember to add the current hostess code WUN4D92Q for a thank you from me.



Secondly, Stampin' Up! Has launched into both Belgium and Ireland today! This means that anyone living in those countries can now both order from my online store and are able to join my team - how exciting! This is a great opportunity for fellow crafters in those countries to discover Stampin' Up! products and if they decide they want to join Stampin' Up!, either as a means to receive a discount on their own purchases or because they would like to embrace a new business opportunity, then there's even more good news:


The Stampin' Up! Starter Kit is on offer this month in all markets: between 4-31 October, the starter kit has an enhanced value of £154! For just £99, you can choose £154 of products from the annual or mini catalogue, the clearance rack, our kits collection or items that are currently available on pre-order too. The starter kit also comes with free postage (and not just today!) and includes free catalogues and other useful business supplies too. There are so many benefits to joining Stampin' Up! right now:

  • An ongoing 20% discount on all product purchases, for at least the next 6 months
  • See and pre-order new products before they are released to the general market
  • An invitation to Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Demonstrator Facebook Group
  • An invitation to my Team Facebook Group
  • Invitations to exclusive Stampin' Up! events
  • The opportunity to build a business that could generate you an income if you wish

Or you could simply enjoy the great offer that is the starter kit itself this month - it's entirely up to you. If you'd like to join my team, then just click here and it will take you to the right place; there is always a 'join me' link in the right-hand column of my blog and if you have any questions or would like to chat through any of the details, just give me a call.


Finally, there are new kits being added to our kit collection today, including a gorgeous Birthday Card Organiser Kit that would make a great gift for yourself or a loved one. I've included a picture above but check out today's other post for more details where I will give a roundup of a few of the newest kits in the collection.

That's all for now - you can see today's creative post here in case you missed it!

Stampin' Up!'s New Kits Collection is Here!

by Joanne James1. June 2021 18:50

As if the launch of the January-June mini catalogue retiring list and a creative post wasn't enough for you today, I also have more great news - Stampin' Up!'s new line of all-inclusive craft kits launches to customers today! Designed to be the perfect introduction to paper-crafting, the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up! is great for the beginner crafter or the crafter on the go.

You can now go online and choose from a variety of affordably priced, versatile kits for multiple occasions. Whatever your skill or experience, the kits are designed for you, the customer, to be in control and and choose the kit experience that is most comfortable for you. 

Kits are all-inclusive, pre-cut, and ready to use with complete step-by-step instructions; plus, new kits will be added to the online store regularly, so remember to check back often! The following kits are currently available in the online store: 


Kit prices range from just £11.25 to £18 each - why not head on over to the online store and check them out? Happy shopping!

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Paper Pumpkin Joy To The World Craft Along Cards

by Joanne James7. December 2020 14:41

Today I have a quick post to share with you showing the outputs from the Paper Pumpkin 'Joy To The World' craft along session I held a couple of weeks ago. If you need a reminder about this fun global kit, you can read all about it in my post here. We made the cards in the kit as per the instructions, then also make some alternative designs, using items from the kit and some additional ink and cardstock. First up - the card designs that come with the kit:


The kit contains supplies to make 8 cards using the above designs, with materials left over. We made the first four cards, then decided to make some alternatives. I added some extra thick white cardstock and Just Jade cardstock, along with some Cherry Cobbler cardstock, 'Tis The Season designer series paper and a Cherry Cobbler ink pad. First up, a trio of Christmas cards:


 Each of these cards uses the stamp set from the kit, along with various bits and pieces, which when added to allow a completely different card. After the craft along session, when making a few more cards to use up the remainder of the kit supplies, I also challenged myself to make some non-Christmas cards using the same element. With a little creative stamping for the sentiments, I came up with another pair of cards:


 This was the first one, using one of the French diecuts, but I figured everyone is familiar with the word 'amour' for love, so would now what it meant! The second card was designed as a birthday card:


 I used the sentiment from 'Beautiful Friendship' on the inside of my card, which has a very similar font so works well:


I think this card would be lover for someone celebrating a winter birthday - I know just the person, so my card will be winging its way to her! 

If you would like to get your hands on a 'Joy To The World' Paper Pumpkin kit, I've included a link the store below. They are available whilst supplies last but at the time of writing are still in stock, so you can still grab one! Great for easy crafting with 8 lovely cards and matching envelopes at the end of it if you follow the instructions, or a few more if you add some extra supplies and get a little bit more creative!


I'll be back shortly with another post with news of the Year End Closeout Sale and Carryover Products list, which go live tomorrow. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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Heartwarming Hugs Suite - From CAS Card to Hot Chocolate Gift Carrier!

by Joanne James2. November 2020 18:30

Happy Monday everyone! My week has started at full speed as usual but I'm here today with two projects that are both quite different that feature projects from the Heartwarming Hugs Suite. First up is a clean and simple card using the colours over at Just Add Ink this week (thank you ladies for selecting my candle card as a winner for the 'Just Add Two' challenge last week!) and this week's sketch layout over at CAS Colours and Sketches where they have a great sketch requiring a small, repeating image of some kind:


I decided to go with the coffee cup in the Warm Hugs stamp set and paired it with a sentiment from the same set that I've been wanting to use for a while - take a look:


 The sentiment is quite long so I turned my card to make use of a wider card front, and having stamped my mugs in alternating colours, I added a sentiment across the central row that I heat-embossed in silver on vellum so that it didn't totally obscure the mugs. I also added small rhinestones to the top and bottom row of mugs for a little added silver sparkle:


Finally some stamping to decorate the envelope and inside my card to finish:


Here is the visual summary of the key products used on this project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any.

The 'Warm Hugs' stamp set is part of the Heartwarming Hugs Suite which includes lots of fun items and packaging ideas, including mini coffee cups and carriers. I made a few hot chocolate sets to share with some of my lovely customers as gifts recently using the items in the suite and decorated the cups and carriers with some of the papers in the Heartwarming Hugs designer paper pack, with a hot chocolate-filled cup and a bag of marshmallows to go with them and this seemed like a good opportunity to share a project that shows how easy it is to create a heartfelt yet relatively inexpensive gift to share with someone. Here's a close up of my completed carrier:


And here's a photo showing the detail on my decorated hot-chocolate themed cup:


I love the traditional colours that feature in this suite - isn't the dressed mug just adorable?! The textured coffee collar and sentiment added to the cup adds a nice personal touch I think. I'm linking this project up over at Color Throwdown where they are featuring the exact palette of kraft, reds and greens that feature on my decorated cup and gingham carrier.

 Here is the visual summary of the key products used on this project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any.

Everyone that I've given one of these to so far has loved them - I'm thinking of making them for my UPS delivery driver and postman too, for them to take home for a warming drink after their rounds! Who would you give one to?

Enjoy your evening and I'll be back tomorrow with another project and news of two fabulous new launches: the new Paper Pumpkin kit and the Curvy Celebrations bundle! Until then, happy stampin'!


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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


The New Stampin' Up! Trimmer Is Here And The Exclusive Christmastime Is Here Suite Now Available

by Joanne James1. November 2019 08:00

It's the first of November and with that comes two exciting announcements! Following the withdrawal of our previous trimmer due to Stampin' Up!'s inability to obtain a reliable source of blades, I am pleased to announce that our brand new paper trimmer is available to all customers today and I can honestly say it’s excellent!


Demonstrators have had the last month to order and fall in love with it and let me tell you, fall in love I did. I LOVED the old trimmer and never thought it could be improved. But I was wrong. This one has awesome larger blades that cut like a knife through butter. The new trimmer has some of the great features of the old trimmer and some new ones of its own, in particular a great detailed grid cutting guide, no removable cutting track and an improved ruler across the join of the extendable arm. The attendees at my recent weekend craft retreat also road-tested the trimmer and were extremely positive about its performance.

The new trimmer is a great price too at only £23 which is cheaper than our last one. The trimmer is available now from 1st November but packs of additional blades will not be launched for sale till January. They will be sold in packs of 4 blades for £11.25 and I will remind you when they are available to buy in the New Year.


Christmastime Is Here Suite

There is also a new exclusive product suite being launched today called 'Christmastime Is Here' which has the most beautiful Christmas Rose stamps, dies, patterned paper with matching accessories. It is available whilst stocks last and is not in any publication.

You can purchase the whole bundle or purchase your favourite products from the bundle, whichever you prefer. There is even a limited edition bracelet which would make a lovely Christmas gift for someone or a treat for yourself maybe.

Links to my online store for all of the configurations of the Christmastime Is Here suite can be found below. You can go to the item in my shop by clicking the photo or simply search for 'Christmastime is Here' (Christmastime is one word with no gap in between).

If you are considering treating yourself to the whole bundle and the new trimmer a starter kit would be a great option: you will receive £130 worth of any products of your choice and it only costs £99, so there's there option to add something else in too and still make a saving. If you'd like to take advantage then click here to join my team or get in touch to discuss further - I would love to welcome you.

Back soon with another post, including some lovely makes featuring this suite. In the meantime, happy shopping!


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.





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