Fresh Prints Notebook and Sticky Note holder – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I don’t know about you but I tend to procrastinate over decisions! These can be big or small decisions, but these days I just can’t seem to make up my mind quickly over certain things. One of the things I uhmed and ahhed about before taking the plunge, was becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I’m glad I did though, as I researched a bit and found the right upline for me. Before I signed up, we had a good chat about what being a demonstrator involves, and she never put any pressure on me at all. I am so glad that I did become a demonstrator as I love it. I now hold my own classes, meet new people through home parties and get together with fellow crafters in my upline’s team for training, inspiration sessions and good fun chatting and crafting. I always take a notebook to these events to get down all those handy hints and tips. These days I always decorate plain notebooks myself, just like the one below. 

Are you like me – uhming and ahhing about whether to sign up? If so and you would like to chat through with someone who has been there herself, then please feel free to give me a call or email me and I will happily pass on my own experiences of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Whilst I would love you to join my team, I will not pressurise you into anything. It’s important you sign up with the right person for you.

Also with it being Sale-a-bration you get to choose an extra £20 of free product in your starter kit.

If you do decide to join my team, I will send you a little welcome gift including a welcome to my team information sheet, a colour sampler of all the current Stampin’ Up! card stock as well as a matching notebook and sticky note holder set similar to the ones pictured.

To create your own altered notebooks and sticky notes holders you will need:

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Stamps: ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
Punches: Blossom and Pansy
Embellishments: Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread

Three weddings and a …….using Stampin’ Up! ® products

….50th Wedding Anniversary!

After a hiatus on the wedding front over the last couple of years, there has suddenly been a flurry. This weekend is the 2nd in almost as many weeks with the 3rd in a couple of weekend’s time.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that I recently went to France for a wedding. I had wanted to post a picture of the card I made for my friend, but my Mum saw it and wanted me to make one for her to give, for my sister’s wedding this weekend (hmmmm I really ought to start charging for commissions!!). It is also my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary so that’s two family parties one after the other this weekend.

For the theme for her invitations, my Sister had gone with the “Love” logo from the film Philadelphia. I used that as the basis for the colour scheme for my card to her (black and red). I stamped the background with the Travel Journal Wheel Stamp and then punched out some hearts and the word Love using the ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers stamp set.

 I added a few rhinestones and spritzed with the vanilla shimmer smooch sprtiz. The envelope is made from Vellum. I used the Mr & Mrs stamp from the Label Love set and I also spritzed with the Vanilla shimmer. What do you think?

And so here is the card I made for my Mum to give to my sister. This is the same as the original card I made for my friend in France. When I made the original card I had been struggling, initially, for inspiration as all the wedding cards I had seen were either really busy (I’m a clean and simple kind of girl) or seemed too old for the people I made them for. Then I saw a particular card on Pinterest, not a wedding card, that I thought I would case (click here to see) but once I got started it kind of evolved more into the card below, which is similar to a different card I had seen (click here to see). 

I hope you like them.

Here’s the products I used:

Card stock: Shimmery White 121717, White Vellum A4 106584, A4 – Coastal Cabana 130024, Soft Suede 119982, Blushing Bride 131287, Real Red 106578, Basic Black 121688,
Ink pads: Staz On Black 101406, Soft Suede 126978, Real Red 126949
Stamp sets: Travel Journal Wheel 126937, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers 130565, Label Love (C) 130622,
Accessories: Full Heart Punch 119883, Small Heart Punch 117193, Artisan Label Punch 130920, White Baker’s Twine 124262, Linen Thread 104199, Rhinestone Basic Jewels 119246, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz 118772

If you would like to order any of the products used you can order directly online (SHOP NOW) or you can still order via email or by phone. Also if you would like more information about becoming a demontrator or hosting your own Stampin’ Up! party please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or

School’s Out for Summer!

Yes I have the Alice Cooper song running round and round in my head this morning. It reminds me of breaking up from school each summer when I was younger.

Now it’s my eldest son’s turn. This morning is his last day at nursery and he is excited about it, as it means he will be going to “big” school and the Shark’s class. Poor little love doesn’t realise that he has a 7 week gap first, which I need to fill with things to do!

I made some gifts for him to give to his teacher and the teaching assistants. This seems to be much more the done thing than when I was at school.  As we had a joint collection from the whole class anyway I kept it simple by with a re-covered notebook, post it note holder and a pen with the barrel covered in the new 2013 – 2015 In colours DSP (designer series paper).

Stampin Up Brights DSP paper craft Flower Shop Tracy May

 I followed a tutorial by the lovely Sam Hammond Donald (a fellow Pinkie) for the notebooks. You can see her tutorial here.

 For the sticky note holders I simply made it up. I knew I wanted a flap over the bottom as well as the top so I played around with some card stock until I had what I wanted.

The measurements are for a 7.5cm x 7.5cm sticky note pad. Cut your card stock to 19.5cm x 8.5cm. Score at 4cm, 5cm, 13cm and 14cm. You then cut three panels of DSP to 8cm x3.5cm, 8cm x 7.5cm and 8cm x 5cm.  I then stamped and punched out a flower from the Flower Shop stamp set and glued it on the front slightly hanging over the top flap. Inside I have used some velcro circles I got from Amazon to keep the flaps closed.

The pens were amazingly the trikiest part. I had wanted to insert a roll of DSP into the barrel but the ends of the pens would not come out so I ended up glueing the paper onto the outside. A bit messy but I think they look great.

The products I used for the gifts are all Stampin’ Up!:

In colours 2013 – 2015 DSP 130136 £19.50 | 25,95 € (40 sheets), In colours 2013 – 2015 Cardstock and Pad kit 131293 £27.95 | 36,95 € (includes 5 ink pads and pack of 20 sheets A4) all items can also be bought separately – ink pads £4.95 | 6,50 € and A4 x 24 sheets cardstock £6.25 | 8,50 €, Stamp Sets: Flower Shop (W) 130939 £21.95 | 28,95 €, (C) 130942 £17.95 | 22,95 €, ABC – 123 Sketch Alphabet & Number (C only) 130565 £19.95 | 26,95 €.  Punches: 3/4″ (1.9cm) Circle 119873 £11.50 | 15,95 €, Pansy 130698 £14.25 | 19,25 €. The pansy punch and flower shop stamp set can be bought as a bundle saving 15%.

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about Stampin’ Up!, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or

See you soon