2014 Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer Catalogue Product Shares

by Joanne James4. February 2014 21:16

By now you will all have had the opportunity to browse the new Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer Seasonal catalogue and salivate over its contents (if not, put the kettle on and get comfy quick!) As is always the way when a new catalogue launches, there are so many wonderful new items and it's easy as a keen crafter to think "I want it all!" even if our budgets don't stretch that far! By popular demand, I've decided for the first time to offer a number of new product shares - yes it is possible to have it all!!

If you've never participated in a product share before, the idea is that you can buy a bundle that contains a little of everything rather than pay out for whole packs of paper, ribbon or accessories and because lots of people are doing the same, you combine your purchasing power so making the share possible. So here is the detail for the shares that I am offering:

Spring-Summer Paper Share: £22

  • 24 half sheets (6"x12") of DSP from each of the following packs: Kaleidoscope, High Tide, Watercolour Wonder, Retro Fresh*
  • 3 full sheets (12"x12") of gold vellum (one spot, one stripe, one hearts)
  • 3 full sheets (12"x12") of silver vellum (one spot, one stripe, one hearts)
  • 1 full sheet (12"x12") of gold foil
  • 1 full sheet (12"x12") of silver foil
  • 12 full sheets (11.4x16.5cm) Fresh Prints DSP stack

*If you would like to increase to 24 full sheets, the bundle will cost £32.

 

Spring-Summer Ribbon & Accessory Share: £13

  • 1.15m of 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon
  • 1.15m of Naturals 5/8" Chevron Ribbon
  • 2m Gold Sequin Trim
  • 2m Silver 1/8" Ribbon
  • 1m 1 1/4" Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 1m 1 1/4" Yellow Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 5.75m Gold Bakers Twine
  • 5.75m Silver Bakers Twine
  • 6 Mini Metallic Pegs (3 gold, 3 silver)
  • 8 Basic Metal Buttons (2 each of 4 sizes)
  • 8 Essentials Wooden Elements

If you need reminding of what these items look like, check out the copy of the catalogue in the side bar on the right.

 

I have also decided to offer the following ribbon shares from the annual catalogue on an ongoing basis:

3/4" Chevron Ribbon: £11

12 x 1m lengths of each of the chevron ribbon colours (Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder)

 

2013-15 In Colour 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim: £4.50

5 x 1m lengths, one of each of the in colours (Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush)

 

2012-14 In Colour 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon: £4.40

5 x 1m lengths, one of each of the in colours (Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit)

 

How to order:

  • Email me with your details and which product share(s) you would like to participate in (make sure you let me know if you require multiples).
  • You will be billed for your order directly (cash or Paypal accepted).

 

If you have any further questions, or would like additional information, please email me at joanne@thecraftyowl.co.uk.

 

Small Print: Please note that purchase of the above product shares will not count towards a qualifying £45 spend to receive a free gift during Sale-A-Bration.

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New Product - Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

by Joanne James29. January 2014 20:04

Just a quick post from me to let you know about another new product that is now available - the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine!

I uploaded the flyer to the bar on the right hand side of my blog yesterday, but just wanted to bring it to your attention as it's such a cool gadget if you're into embossing but don't necessarily have the budget or require the additional functionality of a Big Shot.

This machine is embossing made easy! Manufactured by Sissix, the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine works with Stampin' Up!'s range of embossing folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil or vellum into a textured masterpiece. Here's a short video that shows you how it works:

 

There are some great new embossing folders in the new Spring-Summer catalogue that would pair up nicely with this machine:

  • Ampersand Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

You can find more details on each of the above if you click on the product links below. If embossing is your thing, if you order the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and all three of the new folders, you order will come to £49.45 and you will qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift - and the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder would be the perfect choice! Just click on the links to go to my online store to purchase.

Back shortly with today's creative post; happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

 

 

 

The 2014 Spring-Summer Catalogue is live!

by Joanne James28. January 2014 12:26

More exciting news in the world of Stampin Up! today - the Spring-Summer catalogue is now live!

You can browse the catalogue by clicking on the image on the right hand side of my blog. The new catalogue contains lots of great kits, stamps, papers and tools tto get your creative juices flowing - here are some of my favourites items:

 There are two tag topper punches - my favourite is definitely the scalloped tag topper punch - see some examples of things you can make with it below:

 

The Spiral Flower Originals Die - click on the video to see this in action:

 

The Burlaps and Blooms Simply Created Wreath kit - we will be making this in my project class scheduled for 23rd February if you would like to come along - contact me for more details.

 

In addition to the above items, there are lots more goodies: new stamp sets, designer series paper, and lots of bundles - stamp and framelit bundles and stamp and punch bundles. Watch this space for news of some product shares that I'll be doing to enable you to enjoy a little of everything that the new catalogue has to offer.

I'll be sharing lots of great samples using items from the new catalogue, but in the meantime make a cup of tea, get comfy and browse the new catalogue on line - it will take you a while!

Back soon with a project; until then, happy stampin'!

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It's Here - Time to Sale-A-Brate!

by Joanne James28. January 2014 11:50

Yes it's arrived - Sale-A-Bration, the best time of the Stampin' Up! year begins today!

Sale--Bration runs from today, 28th January until 31 March 2014 and there is so much to celebrate - you can read all about it by clicking on the brochure in the side bar of my blog, but the key things to know are:

FREE GIFTS: For every £45 you spend during Sale-A-Bration, you get a free exclusive Sale-A-Bration gift - and there are 13 to choose from!

MORE FREE GIFTS: Get £25 more to spend on any Stampin' Up! products with a qualifying party*

EVEN MORE FREE GIFTS: If you decide to join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose £150 worth of products for only £99 (instead of the usual £130). All this in addition to a 20% discount on future product purchases, the ability to order new items in advance of everyone else, along with the wider benefits that joining a company such as Stampin' Up! has to offer. Also, if you join my growing team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, you will receive additional benefits, including a FREE copy of my Product Table Builder software to help you make the most of your online sales opportunities - this is an exclusive benefit to those who sign up to be a part of my team (worth £35). My team is a mix of those who are hobby demonstrators and those who use Stampin' Up! as a business to earn them additional income and are a great bunch - everyone is welcome and I would love you to join us.

The best way to see these products is to attend my February classes, which will feature Sale-A-Bration products, or give me a call on 07773 421446 and arrange to host your very own Stampin' Up! party. To whet your appetite, I made a short video showcasing lots of the Sale-A-Bration products - they look even better close up than in the brochure, so why not click on the link below and take a look:

 

I hope that got you all excited - don't forget, please get in touch via joanne@thecraftyowl.co.uk or call me on 07773 421446 if you would like to get your hands on some yourself or click on the links below to hop on over to my online shop! 

Today also sees the launch of the Spring-Summer catalogue, featuring some lovely new products - please check out today's other post for more information on my favourite things!

Lots going on today so back soon with more creative delights; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Products available free with a £45 spend:

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

*An extra £25 of hostess credits will be earned for all qualifying party sales of £250 or more.

 

Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl - Last Chance to Take Advantage of Introductory Discount!

by Joanne James31. December 2013 15:21

I know lots of my lovely blog readers have already purchased and are benefiting from the Product Table Builder application that I developed with my 'Dearly Beloved' (husband!) to help independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators worldwide to create links in their blog posts to the products used in their online DBWS store, and are finding it a great time-saver.

I use it every time I do a product 'make' post - it really takes no time at all. Some of the feedback I've received from happy Stampin' Up! Demonstrator customers includes:

 

"I LOVE it - well worth the investment!" - Monica Gale, UK

"It's easy peasy ... seriously easy! Amazing value for money!" - Carole Bryson-Wood, UK

"An excellent tool. "- Helen Ding, UK

"Thanks again for your great program!" Sabine, Germany

"The Product Table Builder is a great tool. I'm looking forward to using it on my blog." Dörthe Thiele, Germany

"It's a great program and does exactly what I want to do on my website! Saves a lot of time and very easy! "- Lindsay Tindal, UK

"What a great tool!" Colleen Vassos, Canada

 

For those of you that either missed my original post or haven't come across it via another SU! demonstrator, here is the link to my YouTube video which shows you what it's all about and just how easy it is to use:

 

Today is the last day that the Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl will be available at the introductory price of £20. From tomorrow, it will revert to its standard price of £35. So what are you waiting for - if you fancy a bargain, get shopping today!

Click here for the link to my shop to purchase. Back soon with another creative project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

 

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Gift Bow Bigz Die Stampin' Up! 2013 European Convention Commercial Video Entry

by Joanne James11. December 2013 20:39

Evening all! I've been busy in the kitchen today icing biscuits that I baked yesterday in readiness for end-of term teacher gifts later in the week. More to do tomorrow and I will endeavour to share some pictures later in the week, but for today something fun! A little while ago I entered a competition to create a video advertising a Stampin' Up! event or product. The winners were announced at this year's European Convention and whilst I didn't win, today I thought I would share with you my entry as it features - yes, you've guessed it - the Stampin' Up! Gift Bow Bigz Die!

This really is a great product, as there is so much you can do with it, including, but in no way exclusively, make the most beautiful bows. In addition, as with all Stampin' Up! dies, it will cut cut not only cardstock, but other materials too: cork, coaster board, fabric, felt and lots more. The inspiration for my video came from Bryony the elf, who features in one of my favourite Christmas movies, 'Arthur Christmas'. She is an ace gift wrapper whose catchphrase is "there's always time for a bow!". Here she is doing her thing:

 

And here I am, doing mine:

 

Did you spot the 'make' that I haven't shared with you separately? It really is so easy to use the Gift Bow Bigz Die to make so many different projects. I still have more I would like to share with you; I just need more hours in my day to make them all!

I hope you enjoyed today's fun video - back next time with more creative inspiration. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

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Clearance Rack Blitz - Items up to 80% Off While Stocks Last!

by Joanne James10. December 2013 00:20

 

Just a quick reminder to let everyone know that the Clearance Rack has been updated and there are now lots of items available, some with as much as 80% off. There are packs of A4 cardstock from just £2.49, lots of ribbon and even the Holiday Stocking Bigz Die if you wanted to make some last minute Christmas stockings!

So, what are you waiting for - click here to go the clearance rack in my online store and grab a bargain whilst stocks last!

 

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The Crafty Owl Launches Product Table Builder - The Tool Your Stampin' Up! Blog Has Been Waiting For!

by Joanne James1. December 2013 13:43

For my second post today I have something very exciting to share with you: if you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator who, like me, enjoys writing a blog and sharing your creative ideas, read on! 

Since having had a DBWS online store earlier in the year, I've been listing the products used in my daily blog posts and linking them to the corresponding product in my online store. There are a few different ways in which you can do this, but if you do it manually 'the long way' it's very time consuming. I investigated other tools in the marketplace that are designed to make this job easier, but found them to be generally quite expensive.

So I set to work with my genius of a husband and created our very own Product Table Builder! The Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl is designed specifically to build product links to a demonstrator's DBWS online store and feature the Stampin' Up! products you use in the projects you blog. The Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl is highly customisable to provide you with the correct look and feel for your blog. You have complete control over the following aspects of your product table:

  • Include a border around the completed table to ensure if stands out in your blog post.
  • Include a border around each product so it looks more like a button.
  • Control the colour of the borders so that they fit your existing blog themes.
  • Change the size of the product images to use more or less space in your post.
  • Increase and decrease the number of table columns so your product table fills your blog post.
  • Advanced options also allow further customisation including border links, CSS inclusion and other advanced features.

If you look at my earlier blog post, you will see two examples of tables that have been built using the Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl - here's a screen shot of what it looks like on the screen:

 If you would like to see the Product Table Builder in action, please check out this video that shows exactly how it works, from the easy installation to using it to link the products you use in your blog posts to your DBWS online store:

 The Product Table Builder works in conjunction with your unique Stampin' Up! demonstrator ID and can be used with UK, US, European or South Pacific stores/catalogues. It has also been tested and proven to work with a wide range of the most common blog platforms.

I can honestly say that this little piece of software has totally revolutionised my blog, saving me a considerable amount of time in building product links into my Stampin' Up! blog posts. Today I am pleased to be able to offer The Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl to you to purchase at an introductory price of £20 during the month of December. This is an introductory offer that is valid for the month of December 2013 only; from 1st January 2014 it will be on sale at the standard retail price of £35.

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl, please click on the link below or the button on the right hand side of my blog to order yours:

 

The Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (not Windows RT). It will not run on iPads, Mac Books or other Apple products. It will not run on Android Tablets or Windows RT devices, e.g. Windows Surface.

If you have any questions, please drop me a line at joanne@thecraftyowl.co.uk or leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer them. As with all other content in my blog and on my website, this product has been developed by me independently of Stampin' Up! and is not endorsed by Stampin' Up! in any way - just wanted to make that clear!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin' (or product table building!)

 

 

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Love Is In The Air .... Already?!

by Joanne James1. December 2013 10:49

Good morning lovely readers - no blog post yesterday as I had some very important last-minute work to finish, but do not fear - today there will be (at least) two blog posts to make up for it!

So today we're having a short break from Christmas projects as it's the first of December and the launch of Stampin' Up's 'Whole Lot of Love' promotion - stamps and products designed with Valentine's Day in mind, but can be used for lots more besides. You may have noticed that Valentine's-themed projects didn't feature in the current seasonal catalogue, hence this special promotion to enable you to be prepared in good time for the big day. There are some great products in this set, ranging from cute (Monster Hugs - adorable! - available from 9th December) to practical (pre-cut card and envelope sets) and romantic (check out that Eiffel Tower!) to beautiful (the Flowerfull Heart - a keeper that would look just as beautiful on a birthday card for someone special). Here are the images for each set:

Aren't they great? I'll have some samples to share using a selection of these products in the not-too-distant future, but meanwhile in keeping with the theme I thought I would share this card with you that I made using the 'love' Thinlits die: 

If you're a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator and you attended our recent European Convention in Manchester, you may well have seen this card already. It was one of the projects I entered for the Convention Design Competition and whilst it didn't win, it was on the display boards for everyone to enjoy. My other project was 3D, but I chose this card as my second project as it's very clean and simple and typical of my papercrafting style. I am in love with these thinlits and also like how they can be used not only with the word itself, but you can use the relief too - no need to throw away this piece, a real two for one! I created an ombre background in the relief - I love this technique and think it looks great when done in inks with a brayer or sponged, but also like the clean look it gives with this kind of project. A few extra pieces and a small diamante just finish it off.

One of the funniest things that happened at Convention was that I attended an early Friday evening workshop and left my two downline team members who were attending Convention with me to browse the display boards. When I met up with them later, they both said to me 'You should come and see this card on the board - we love it and think you will too.' And the card? Without them knowing it was mine, they led me to this card! What can I say? Great minds clearly think alike! It did give me a lovely warm feeling inside though - love you, my little Crafty Owls!

Check out the product links below if you would like to have a go at either recreating my card or purchase any of the lovely new Valentine's products.

Back tomorrow with another creative project; check out today's other post though if you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - your life is just about to get a whole lot easier ....

Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used (for love card):

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

Stampin' Up! Whole Lot of Love Products (Monster Hugs available from 9th December):

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

MDS Digital Downloads and New Online Digital Classes

by Joanne James12. November 2013 15:24

Today is Digital Download Tuesday so I'm doing a quick digital-focused post with a link to both this week's and last week's weekly digital downloads (I forgot to post last week's links with all of the Digital Scrapbooking Days offers going on):

November 12, 2013 - Digital Downloads    November 5, 2013 - Digital Downloads

If you look at this week's downloads, you will see a new and exciting development for those of us new to MDS - online project classes! Three have been added to the store today, with a new class to be added on every last Tuesday of the month. These classes will vary in price depending on what is included in the accompanying brushsets and they are great as a means to learn both beginner and more advanced techniques. Here's a quick look at the brushsets for the first three classes to be released - click on the images for more information:

Theses video classes are not meant as a replacement for the many technique-based videos available free of charge at MyDigitalStudio.net, rather they will supplement these. Instead of focusing on one technique only they will cover a number of different aspects through the creation of a variety of projects. To access these classes, you simply purchase via my online store then download your file and log into MDS as usual.

Lastly, follow the link from my Facebook page (it would be great if you 'liked' my page first if you haven't already!) or go directly to the My Digital Studio Facebook page here and enter the competition to win the November bonus class absolutely free!

Back shortly with today's creative post; until then, happy digital stampin'!

 

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Hi I'm Joanne and live in Northampton and when I'm not looking after my husband and two beautiful children, am an avid crafter with a passion for all things Stampin' Up!

I must confess that I have never been a big rubber stamper - until I discovered Stampin' Up! that is. I love the fact that I can get such great results with co-ordinating stamps, inks, papers and punches - the possibilities are endless! Join me on my stamping journey as I share the things I love and be inspired to create amazing things yourself!

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