Wednesday, 3 January 2018

SALE-A-BRATION 2018 BLOG HOP

Hello and Welcome

Today another group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are taking part in a Global Blog Hop featuring Sale-A-Bration products which went 'Live' this morning.

One of my New Years Resolutions is to Blog more consistently.  Here we are three days in and already I'm on my 2nd Blog Hop of the year, plus the one on Boxing Day !! 
We have lots of exciting products to share with you, featuring products from Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2018. 

For my cards today , I've used the Lots of Lavender stamp set #147194, available FREE with any £45 purchase until 31st March 2018.  The more you spend, the more you earn for FREE.

For this Trio of cards, I used Stampin' Up! Notecards, they are slightly smaller than our standard A6 card size but the Lavender seemed to fit much better on this size.


The image on this card was stamped twice onto Whisper White card, using the stamps to colour a scruffy image.  They were then 'fussy-cut' by hand and layered onto the front of an Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White mat layers.

I love the cute little curved arc of flowers but couldn't decided whether to go top and bottom or left and right, so went for both.  These were coloured using Fresh Fig and Old Olive ink pads, squeezed whilst shut to provide a palette on the inside of lid, and a Blender pen.  Wink of Stella was also added to flowers at the end.
My last note card, I wanted a different shape so added an oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies #145372.  These images were again coloured in using ink pads and blender pens.  When mounting 'fussy-cut' images, I added Stampin' Dimensional Mini 3D foam pads #144108, with Tombow adhesive on the outer edges, giving a curved effect.

Make sure you keep hopping along to see all the other Sale-A-Bration projects! Click to continue to Sandy Ward.  


Here is full list of all those taking part :
Sandra Roberts  -  you are here 

Have you arrived here and don't know what Sale-A-Bration is all about ?  SAB is simply the BEST time of the year.  For every £45 order placed from any current catalogues, you get to chose an SAB item, completely FREE.  There is no limit to the number of items you can earn.

If you are wishing to place a Sale-A-Bration order and don't already have a Demonstrator, I would be pleased to help you.  Click on the link below to go to my online store.  Remember to quote the hostess code if your order is under £150.  Over this and you will earn your own hostess rewards for more FREE products.

Hope to see you back here again soon.


Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 

HOSTESS CODE for JANUARY is F7JBBZKV

Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

SALE-A-BRATION KICK OFF EVENT

Sale-A-Bration from Stampin' Up! ....... is live from 3rd January 2018 !!!

As I welcome you to our Sale-A-Bration Kick Off Event, I would like to start by wishing you, your friends and families, a very Happy New Year and may 2018 be filled with lots of creativity ! 

As you read through my Blog post today, I apologise the fonts will not display as saved and having spent 2-hours this evening trying to sort, I now have to publish for the hop. :-(

Today a group of Demonstrators from round the Globe, have joined together to bring you a wide variety of project ideas, all featuring Sale-A-Bration 2018 products, that can be earned for FREE with every £45 spent, until 31st March.
  

As soon as I saw the new catalogues, I immediately fell in love with this cute stamp set, Panda Party from  Sale-A-Bration.


Sadly, being so hectic over Christmas with two sets of family staying, I've had withdrawal symptoms, not being able to spend time in my Craft Studio.

Before festivities kicked off, I had managed to create the card below using the Petal Passion Designer Series Papers #145589 from the new Spring / Summer 2018 catalogue as my background, adding some Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon #144234.


The card below was created as one of my four card designs for my monthly groups in January.  Here, I used the Bamboo effect from Textured Impressions Embossing Folders #145656 on a Lemon Lime Twist card layer.  This 2017-19 In-Colour, is such a lovely bright, fresh colour and goes really well with Basic Black card.
Next, I was looking for a different way to mount the greeting so I punched a Circle Tab punch #143754  in Black cardstock, stamp "Hi" sentiment and punched with 3/4" Circle punch #119873 to attach on to, finishing off with some Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220.  Some Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine #141682 and a quick coat of Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141897 finished off the card.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my projects today.  Don't forget, if you love this stamp set and would like to earn for FREE, please visit my Online Shop in the link below, and quoting the January Hostess Code.

Thank you for joining us today - we are  always happy to have so many people joining us on our blog hop.  Please grab a cuppa and continue 'hopping' round the globe, making sure that you don't miss anyone out, as you will see lots of incredible inspiration along your tour.  If you have time to add some comments too, they are always very welcome and much appreciated.

You are currently visiting my blog - Sandra Roberts.  Please check the list below and enjoy continuing your trip around the Globe, visiting all the wonderful Stampin' Up! creations.

Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 

HOSTESS CODE for JANUARY is F7JBBZKV
Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

PETAL PALETTE BIRTHDÀYS

Celebrating two friends birthdays this week, I made two similar cards using the **NEW** Petal Passions Designer Series Paper #145589 and Petal Palette stamp and Die bundle #145973 wood-mount or #145974 clear-mount, all available to order from tomorrow 3rd January.

I love that there are several nice co-ordinating Dies with this bundle.  I don't mind fussy cutting but having a Die makes it so much easier !
My base cards are Night of Navy with a mat layer of Bermuda Bay.  The Petal Passions Designer Series Paper has been sponged with Bermuda Bay ink.

Flowers have been coloured using the Watercolour Pencils #141709, adding a little Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141897 to finish.  Sorry the photos were not taken in very good light but had to make it to the Post Office so couldn't wait for daylight !

Hope you like today's projects.

Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 

HOSTESS CODE for JANUARY is F7JBBZKV
Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Alaska Achievers Blog Hop December 2017

Welcome back for another Alaska Achievers Monthly Blog Hop with fellow Demonstrators globally, who have also earned the prestigious Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip, that only a limited number around the world achieve.


We are continuing to hop together once a month, sharing with you ideas and designs using current Stampin' Up! products.  I live in a small village just outside Attleborough in Norfolk, UK and would love to help you if you have any questions, or enquiries about Craft Retreats in Norfolk, here at my Stamp & Craft Studio. 

Today I'm sharing with your a project made as part of my team gifts this year.  This beautiful NEW Stamp & Die bundle Petal Palette #145785 (wood mount) #145788 (clear mount) is coming very soon on page 22/23 of the Spring / Summer 2018 catalogue.  

Images were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink #132708 (AC 2017-18, p200), die-cut with corresponding Petals & More Thinlits Dies #145655 and coloured with our NEW Stampin' Blends (SS 2018, p30/31).  Some elements have been raised using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals #144108 and additional die-cut elements using Old Olive cardstock #106576 and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper #135315.  Once complete, Fine-Tip Glue Pen #138309 was added and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter #133751.

Here are the first 14 complete but an additional 10 were then made for special friends and helpers.
Thank you for joining us today - we are all so happy that you are taking part in our blog hop.  Please grab a cuppa and continue 'hopping' round the globe, making sure that you don't miss anyone out, as you will see lots of incredible inspiration along your tour.  If you have time to add some comments too, they are always very welcome and much appreciated.
You are currently visiting my blog - Sandra Roberts.  Please check the list below and enjoy continuing your trip around the Globe, visiting all the wonderful Stampin' Up! creations.
Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 


HOSTESS CODE for DECEMBER is 24X2RW7B
Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

Monday, 25 December 2017

HALF FULL ~ Stamp Set

Welcome back for another card created recently, using the Half Full stamp set from Stampin' Up!

David is one of those unfortunate people who celebrates his birthday on Christmas Day.

Knowing how he loves his glass or two or vino, I couldn't help but use this set all over again.

I'm hoping you are loving this set as much as me.  Don't worry if you haven't bought yet.  This set will not be retiring at the end of December....... it is one of the lucky ones, rolling over into the Spring Summer 2018 catalogue. 

If you haven't bought it already, make sure it's added to your first order in January to go towards earning a FREE Sale-A-Bration set during the 3-month promotion.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day, celebrating with family and friends.

Pop back soon, there's lots going on !!


Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 

HOSTESS CODE for DECEMBER is 24X2RW7B

Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE

Happy Christmas Eve !!


For once I'm ahead of the game ........ everything's well underway, our dining table was fully laid this morning, complete with all the covered dishes for vegetables and accompaniments etc.  All the cooking timings have been worked backwards from serving time, so we both know what's being done when.
 
David's Auntie was collected from Manchester on Wednesday for her two-week holiday with us, plus we have invited another elderly couple of friends to join us for the big day itself. 

Today I'm sharing the Christmas card I made for David ..... sadly, celebrating his birthday too on Christmas Day, life is always busy this time of year so his is usually one of the last to be made.  

I fell in love with this card created and shared by Cheryl Lentz, WI, USA, on a Stampin' Up! Demo forum, commented on her post and CASED it (Copy And Share Everything).  

Cheryl used the Half Full stamp set #144996 (wood mount) #144999 (clear mount) which was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Linda Bauwin.  A wonderful set that I'm sure will get used again shortly !

'Half Full' stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I wanted to purchase when I first saw in the catalogue but was concerned that I wouldn't have time to use before it 'retired' with the Autumn/Winter catalogue at the end of December.   I'm pleased to say this set is now rolling over into the Spring / Summer 2018 catalogue and so quickly made it into my shopping cart.
Inside of David's card

Hope you love this set as much as I do.  Pop back tomorrow to see a completely different look with this set for David's Birthday card. 


Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 

HOSTESS CODE for DECEMBER is 24X2RW7B
Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

ATTLEBOROUGH CRAFT FAIR

Yesterday, I attended a local Christmas Fair in Attleborough for the first time   Having had two requests on the same day, it's safe to say I will be booking the other event next year !!

Despite the venue being extremely cold (as door open all day), my main aim for the day was to advertise classes at my Stamp & Craft Studio about 3-miles away. 

As always at these type of events, I have to keep busy to make my time there productive, whilst chatting to potential customers and other stall holders. 

I took along some pre-embossed acetate boxes with envelopes inside, card bases, scraps, retired hat punch, sentiment and ink, to create some more of these card designs, we made for Ronald McDonald House Charities last weekend.  One lady watched me finish the first batch to purchase and then ordered another to collect on her way out.  She spent so long chatting to myself and neighbouring stall holder, I was finished these very quick cards before she moved on.

I hope you like the simplicity of these cards.  My husband loves clean and simple cards and these were ideal for RMHC projects.

Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 

HOSTESS CODE for DECEMBER is 24X2RW7B
Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

FINAL COUNT ~ CHARITY CARDS


WOW, what a fabulous weekend !!

Last night Val and I had a final count of the weekends charity cards, packing in boxes with envelopes as we went. 

I'm so proud of everyone who came helped over our 3-day charity weekend.  Together we have created 1045 cards for Stampin' Up! UK Christmas Cheer Challenge, donating to Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

1045 Charity cards for Ronald McDonald House Charities 
Another big thank you to Helen for suggesting using www.ipostparcels.com to despatch.  I managed to reduce cost from over £40 with Royal Mail, to just under £15 with www.ipostparcels.com. Thank you so much for introducing me to a service I'm sure I will be using again in the near future.  

Day 3 (Sunday) and we continued to create even more cards for Ronald McDonald House Charities.  With lots of people popping in and out during the day, our final count boxing up our Christmas Cheer Challenge cards ready to post, was a fabulous 1045 !

Thanks to fellow team and another local demo who joined us over our 3-Day Challenge, Rebecca Chivers, Jacqui Lawrence, Sandra Bryson Hill, Julie Taylor, Tanya Pratt, Jane Scudamore.

Also special thanks to a former team member Pat, who sadly had to give up crafting due to illness.  She kindly donated retired card stock and adhesives for CCC.

Thanks to everyone who helped achieve this fantastic result.


Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704

For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 

HOSTESS CODE for DECEMBER is 24X2RW7B
Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Alaska Achievers Blog Hop November 2017

Welcome to our latest Alaska Achievers Monthly Blog Hop, with fellow Demonstrators who have also earned the prestigious Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip, that only a limited number around the world achieve.

We will be hopping together every month to show you ideas and designs using current Stampin' Up! products.  I live in a small village just outside Attleborough in Norfolk, UK and would love to help you if you have any questions. 


Today I'm sharing some gift wrapping ideas I have made in the last few days.  When you realise the photo of one of your projects gifted over the weekend didn't save, after the moment of sheer panic ..... you rustle up another one, very quickly, before the Blop Hop commences !!!

I'm loving the Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper #144623, with its fabulous 24 sheets of lightweight paper, you have twice as much to complete your projects with !





I have previously enjoyed making boxes for Terrys Chocolate Oranges every year, but was thrilled to discover this design to share with my class.  Crafters always love trying different box ideas and this one was featured at my Festive Envelope Punch Board #133774 class at the weekend and contains a Terrys Chocolate Orange, but is so versatile for any small gift.



Gifting a bottle of wine is always nicer when you can create nicely decorated packaging.

With some beer mats requested from one of my regular customers for another project, I have been using the remainder on other projects.  Sponging the edges of a circular beer mat along a Basic Black Archival ink pad #140931 and covering with two circles of Basic Black card to the same size, was the perfect fit for the base to stand on.

Thank you for joining us today - we are all so happy that you are taking part in our blog hop.  Please grab a cuppa and continue 'hopping' round the globe, viewing all the incredible inspiration along your tour.  If you have time to add some comments too, they are always very welcome.



You are currently at my blog - Sandra Roberts.  Please check the list below and enjoy continuing your trip around the Globe.
Happy craftin'
Sandra
Contact me on : 07806 616704


For all your Stampin' Up! requirements and Special Offers, please visit : 


HOSTESS CODE for NOVEMBER is RE69RF6T
Remember to quote this when you order from my Online Shop to receive random acts of kindness 'thank-you' from me after the end of the month.