Friday, 31 December 2010

It's SALE-A-BRATION TIME!!!

This special time of year means.....

EXCLUSIVE FREE STAMP SETS FOR ALL!
(promotion runs from 30th December 2010 till 28th February 2011)


AS A CUSTOMER - Spend £45 and choose a FREE stamp set of your choice, there are four fabulous ones to choose from see below.

HOST A WORKSHOP - Host a Stampin'Up workshop with me and if the total sales for your workshop reaches £300 you will get to choose a FREE stamp set! more free stamp sets!!!

BECOME A DEMONSTRATOR - During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set of any value from our current Idea Book and Catalogue!

BLISS

PUNCH BUNCH



SO HAPPY FOR YOU



SWEET SUMMER

Click on the image on the right hand sidebar for a catalogue PDF.

If you would like further details or would like to place an order with me to take advantage of this fantastic promotion then email me at sharonlindasim@hotmail.com


Can I also take this opportunity to wish all my customers, friends and blog readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May 2011 be a year full of wonderful things for you all...xxx



Sunday, 5 December 2010

Tartan Stampers Christmas 2010 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tartan Stampers Christmas 2010 Blog Hop!!

It is our first blog hop but hopefully the first of many. Hopefully you will be inspired by the many card, gift items and 3D items that you see on our blogs. If you have started at the start of the blog hop with Dawn, our fantastic upline, then you have probably come to my blog from the lovely Caroline. If not then you can go backwards or catch them again when you go full circle.

The theme of our blog hop is of course Christmas and all feature products available from Stampin' Up!


Stampin' Up! have such a wide range of Christmas stamps, as well as co-ordinating paper, cardstock, ribbons and embellishments. There is something for everyone's tastes and styles. The items that I have created use traditional Christmas colours however I am sure that they would look fantastic in any chosen colour scheme.
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No Christmas is complete without an advent calendar!! My two boys already have several calendars that I have bought or made in the past so this one will be for me!



I used a selection of current SU stamps to make the calendar - Winter Post, Delightful Decorations, Season of Joy, Tree Trimmings, Serene Snowflakes and Dot-to-Dot. Paper is Jolly Holiday which co-ordinates perfectly with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso cardstock. I used a variety of SU punches, ribbon and embellishments such as the Bird punch, buttons and linen thread.



For the base I used a Wiltons cupcake tin with 24 spaces. I made each day differently but all started with a piece of cardstock measuring 2 1/4" square. I created the numbers using Word, printed on to Very Vanilla card and punched out using a 3/4" circle punch. They were then added on to each finished card piece with a stampin dimensional. I filled each space with a sweet and attached the "doors" using magnets.








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My next item is a 3D Christmas tree that I created using Jolly Holiday Designer Patterned Paper, Christmas Ornament punch, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain ribbon and plenty of Dazzling Diamonds glitter!



Christmas baubles were punched using the ornament punch and attached to a polystyrene cone using pins and glue. I overlapped the baubles and worked from the bottom to the top alternating the direction each time. A lush bow was added to the top of the tree and lashings of glitter to finish!

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At the recent SU convention in November I took part in several swaps one of which was a card candy swap. This is the card candy that I created using the level 3 hostess set Playful Pieces, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Whisper White and Early Espresso card and ink.



I made the following six cards using the toppers from one complete set of my card candy and the same colour scheme of card and ink etc.











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My final set of projects are some items that I taught at my monthly class in November. These were all made using only stamps from the Season of Joy set and the So Swirly Wheel. (These items are in the currect Bundle up for Christmas promotion - see post below). Cardstock used is Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.


The instructions for the cracker and the After Eight holder were purchased from Jenny Moors.












Thank you for taking the time to follow our blog hop. Next up in the Tartan Stampers Chrsitmas 2010 Blog Hop is the wonderful Lorraine.

Finally, I hope that you have been inspired by the items that I have created and would love if you left me a comment and/or became a follower of my blog. If you would like more information on any of the products or techniques that I have used or you wish to order any of the products then please contact me at sharonlindasim@hotmail.com

Thanks!!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Amendment to Bundle Up for Christmas Promotion

Due to unforeseen quality issues with the Ornament Punch, Stampin' Up! are no longer offering the Delightful Decorations Bundle as part of the Bundle up for Christmas Promotion.

However, they are pleased to offer an updated Delightful Decorations Bundle option:

  • 125150 Delightful Decorations Bundle

    Includes the Delightful Decorations Stamp Set and the Sparkle & Shine Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel £30.00



Monday, 8 November 2010

Bundle Up For Christmas Promotion

Click on the images for close up view.


Get FREE ribbon - perfect for accenting beautiful Christmas packages- when you purchase exclusive bundles.



This promotion will run from 1st November - 29th December while stocks last.


The Christmas Cocoa Speciality Papers are not available in the current catalogue. They are exclusive to this promotion.




Sunday, 7 November 2010

Stampin' Up! London European Convention 2010

Earlier this evening I returned from Stampin' Up's annual convention which, this year, was held at Addington Palace near London. I went there with some members of the Tartan Stampers and it was the first convention that a few of us attended. It was an amazing experience for all of us and a special surprise was in store for three members of the team! Huge congratulations go to three Scottish demonstrators who made it to the top 25 demonstrators in the UK. My upline Dawn Silver was ranked at number 6 and two fellow Tartan Stampers, Elaine Brainwood and Kara Milne, who were ranked at 16 and 25 respectiveley. I am delighted for all three of you, it is very well deserved!

It was fantastic to get away for four days and spend time with fellow crafting friends and demonstrators. I thoroughly enjoyed the social aspect of the weekend as it was great fun meeting new people including several ladies that I have chatted to online with at ILWS.

One very popular social aspect to the SU conventions is swapping. It is fantastic getting the opportunity to swap ideas, cards and projects with other demonstrators to share ideas. I have come home full of inspiration!!

Over the next few days I will upload the photos from my camera and share them with you. Today I have some photographs to share that I took of my swaps before I went away.

Card Candy Swap
This is basically card toppers made with a stamp set and a sentiment set that are made for creating cards quickly.


Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso.
Stamps: Playful Pieces (level 3 hostess set), Basic Phrases.
Punches: Scallop Oval, Scallop Edge.
Ribbon: Old Olive 5/8" Satin, 1/4" Marina Mist Taffeta.


3D Swap
This is a swap for 3D items. I made the paper bird that is showcased in the 2010-2011 catalogue on page 89.



Designer Patterned Paper: Blueberry Crisp.
Ink: Not Quite Navy (for inking the edges)


CMC Swap
This is a swap that I took part in which included French and German demonstrators. There were 90 of us in this swap and we each made a 9cm x 9cm decorated page with details about us on the back.



Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Stamps: Style Beautiful, Musical Notes, Vintage Vogue
Other: Baja Breeze marker (spritzed on background), Champagne paint (mixed with alcohol and sprayed on background to give a shimmer)


General Swaps
The swaps mentioned above are organised in advance with groups of demonstrators so that we know how many of each item to make however there is always plenty opportunity for general swaps where we create cards or projects and swap them with each other. I made 110 cards to swap in two different styles. I will post a photo of my second one tomorrow as I have not uploaded the photos from my camera. This is one of my cards which I made 50 of.






Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Stamps: Style Beautiful, Artistic Etchings, Pocket Silhouettes
Designer Patterned Paper: Love Letters
Other: Rhinestone Brad


Later this week I will post pictures of the amazing swaps that I received in return as well as some photographs from the convention.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Another Vintage Birthday card...

...and no I don't mean vintage in age ........but vintage in style!!

I made this birthday card for a fellow crafting friend (and also SU demonstrator) who is celebrating her 40th birthday on Wednesday. Now this is where I hope that she doesn't look on my blog till after Wednesday! but I thought I'd show it today since I am on a roll uploading pictures from my camera as I have more to come.

Another one of my favourite stamp sets is Vintage Vogue and I have used that and the matching wheel to make this card.
The flower has been made by using the rock n roll technique with Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze ink. I stamped two large ones and one small one and layered with Stampin' Dimensionals.


Again I have used the same colour combo as the card in the post below.









Cardstock: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
Stamps sets: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage, Playful Pieces (sentiment)
Embellishments: Marina Mist 5/8" satin ribbon, Pearls
Thanks for looking...x

A little bit of vintage....

Two of my favourite stamps sets in the new 2010 - 2011 Idea Book and Catalogue are Style Beautiful and Artistic Etchings. I love the vintage and artsy feel these images have.
I have been playing around with a few colour schemes with these stamp sets and one of my favourite colour combos is Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

I made this card today for my brother's girlfriend as it is her birthday on Friday.



Cardstock: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamps sets: Artistic Etchings, Style Beautiful, Music Notes (wheel), Sincere Salutations
Punches: Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Oval
Embellishments: Rhinestone Brads

Thanks for looking...x

Monday, 4 October 2010

Baby Girl Box


I made this box to put a locket in as a christening gift for my friend Stephanie's baby girl Aurelia.
It was made from one sheet of A4 card and required only folding, no cutting. It is the perfect size for small gifts.

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Vintage Vogue

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake,

Cardstock: Pick Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Ribbon: Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon

Punch: Scallop border edge

Anyone for Cupcakes?

...unfortunately not the edible variety!!

....however hopefully ones that will be popular at workshops!!


Having been inspired with the "Book to Look" concept and also Christmas advent muffin trays that I have seen on the internet, I decided to combine the two and came up with a business tool that I am hoping will be a talking point at parties and be popular.


I decorated cupcakes (circles) and fixed on to a cupcake tray with magnetic squares. Behind each cupcake is a small embellished circle with a number inside.


The concept is that each customer that spends £50 at a workshop will choose one of the cupcake toppers. Behind each topper is a number. At the end of the party I will reveal the corresponding prize for that number. Up for grabs will be a stamp set with a value no less than £15. Prizes could also include a voucher, an ink pad, snail adhesive, embellishments, 2 metre lengths of ribbon etc.
Hostesses will also get to choose a topper as a thank you for booking a party with me.




Card stock: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

.Inks: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White,

Ribbon: Old Olive Satin, Chocolate Chip Satin, Old Olive striped Grosgrain,


Stamps: I {heart} Hearts, Dot to Dot, Flight of the Butterfly.

Punches: Butterfly, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle.





An added bonus for me was that I entered my Cupcake Tray in the demo choice section at a recent SU regional training day and was shocked (but thrilled!) to win!!


Friday, 1 October 2010

The new catalogue is here!!!!




The much awaited and anticipated Catalogue Launch is finally HERE!!!!
It has more pages than last year and is packed full of new stamps, new papers, new ribbons, new punches, new embellishments and more!!

If you haven't got a hard copy yet you can now finally have a look at the online one and start making your wish list.



Clear-Mount Rubber Stamps

Stampin' Up! now offers repositionable, clear-mount rubber stamps, in addition to their award-winning wood-mount rubber stamps! These new clear-mount stamps are designed to maintain the unbeatable image quality you love about traditional Stampin' Up! stamps, while at the same time offering the flexibility, ease of use, and storability inherent in repositionable rubber stamps.


Great news for those of you with space saving issues, also the lower prices means you can BUY so much more.



Don't delay! Contact me at sharonlindasim@hotmail.com to place your order!!


If our wish list is huge and you want to spread the cost over 6 months then contact me and ask about my stampers 6 group starting in January.

Time For Snow!

....but fortunately I don't literally mean right now!! As much as I love snow (well only if I don't need to drive in it) I am not ready for more snow just yet!!

Rather my post title is the title of a scrapbook page that I made a few nights ago using photographs of my two boys taken in Januarys' snowfall.




I used a 12" x 12" sheet of Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and stamped a background using Serene Snowflakes stamps with the stampin off technique (to get fainter images). Inks used are Pacific Point, Real Red, Old Olive and Early Espresso.

I mounted the photos on a Real Red mat that had been stamped using the Medallion stamp in Real Red. The strips of card are Old Olive and Pacific Point, which was punched with the scallop edge punch.

The tree embellishments have been made using the new level 3 hostess stamp set Playful Pieces which I adore!! They are so versatile and can be used to create lovely images.

To finish off I tied a piece of Old Olive satin ribbon around the strips of card.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Stamp Camp Sept 2010

Sorry it has taken me so long to get the photos up from the recent Stamp Camp that Fiona and I did in September.

I still need to add photos of our finished projects.
I wonder if anyone can spot the upside down Christmas card on my display board LOL



Thursday, 16 September 2010

MORE reductions!!!

Stampin' Up! have unexpectedly made further reductions on the Last Chance List!!

Many stamps, embellishments and accessories have now been reduced to 50% off the original price!!

What are you waiting for? Click on the link to take you to EIGHT pages of Last Chance items!!

VIEW THE LIST HERE.


Saturday, 4 September 2010

Successful Stamp Camp

Finally today arrived!!!

Fiona and I have been really excited, and perhaps just a tad nervous too, about our first Stamp Camp!! However we had nothing to worry about as the 24 ladies that attended had a great time.

I am so proud of how lovely their projects are. It was great to see everyone smiling, laughing and crafting! They all enjoyed themselves and hopefully will be inspired to go home and try out the techniques that we showed them. I was overwhelmed at the lovely feedback that we received at the end.

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to each of them for coming along and supporting us at our first (but not last) Stamp Camp.

A HUGE thank you also to Dawn, Elaine and Sheryl whose help we could not have done without. A special than you from me to Fiona's son Grant and his girlfriend Danielle who worked hard behind the scenes making sure that everyone was kept supplied with fresh tea and coffee.

I have a special mention for Fiona too who has put up with me and my OCD in the build up to the event LOL

Come back to see the photos that will appear over the next few days.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Preorder NEW Stampin Up! 2010 - 2011 Idea Book and Catalogue

As a demonstrator I have seen a sneak peek of the new Stampin' Up! 2010 - 2011 Idea Book and Catalogue and it is fantastic!! Already I have a HUGE wish list!!
I will be placing my order for new catalogues shortly and they will be shipping to me the last week in September. Would you like one posted out to you the same day that I receive them? First class recorded delivery?
Pre-order a copy of the new catalogue now at £4.95
( includes postage)






Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Stampin' Up! Retiral List!

This is what is retiring from the current Stampin' Up! catalogue and only valid until stocks last or September 30th whichever comes first.


Last year popular items did sell out, so I urge you to not wait too long if there is something on here that you are after, then get it quick before it goes.


So what are you waiting for? Click here to be taken to the SEVEN PAGES of retiring items.


Thanks.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Monthly Classes

If you would like to come along to one of my monthly papercrafting / cardmaking classes then contact me at sharonlindasim@hotmail.com or 07773 930311.
Booking is essential.

Click on poster for details.