Monday, 15 May 2017

A Sneak Peek New Catalogue Floral Pop Up Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Monday Crafters.

How was your weekend? I'd like to say I was hugely crafty and productive. But that is not the case. It was more a snuggle under a duvet and cross stitch kind of weekend. I did, however, manage to make a very special card for a very special friend who is currently in hospital.  Have you seen this video? It keeps popping up on my timeline on Facebook. Such a simple but effective idea. I knew it would be perfect to take to my friend in hospital as actual flowers aren't allowed on the ward.

Here is the card I made:


I used a gorgeous new stamp set from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue called Happy Birthday Gorgeous to create the floral background and the sentiment is from Beautiful You.

You open the card and here are the flowers inside. I created these using 6" square pieces of DSP from my piles of retiring papers. They pop right up out of the card. It is super effective (and hard to capture in a static photo). My lovely friend was a joy to see today and I'm glad my card could bring her a little floral sunshine to her bedside table.


If you'd like your own copy of our upcoming catalogue please let me know and I'll pop one in the post to you. And please pop on over to my online store to see all the fabulous discounted product on the retiring list (only available until May 31st).

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Early Release


Happy May lovely crafty friends.

And to celebrate the start of a new month Stampin' Up! have given us a sneak peek of one of the new catalogue suites a whole month early! These fab bundles are only available for this month and come with lovely free gift extras too .;0)

I wasn't taken with the suite at first even though I absolutely ADORED the new In Colours featured in the suite- Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide. However, I found this suite of products an absolute delight to stamp with. Once I got going cutting and creating medallions and stamped greetings I was in my element. I haven't used my Big Shot in quite a while so I merrily sat trying all the different combinations of medallion.

Here is what I came up with.


I created the little holder for the card set using the Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper and added a medallion cut from Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim cardstock. I finish I added one of the gorgeous Vinyl Stickers and a Gold Tassel (only available in the Premier Bundle).

I had fun using the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set with the coordinating Designer Series Paper to create the different card designs and patterns. I just love the simplicity of stamping and using the stamps for colouring. I cannot recommend this stamp set any more highly as I just love playing with the patterns and adding stamped details.


Details on the two bundles of products can be found below or click on the image to be connected through to my Online Store. The Hostess Club code for the month is MUYACK6W. If you use this code to order online you will receive a lovely handmade gift from me in the post next month ;)


 Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A Jar of Love Silhouette Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Saturday crafters.

I have a huge task ahead of me today. I have cleared my schedule and I have the Stampin' Up! Retiring List ready in front of me. I am going to tackle my piles of stamps, embellishments, papers and dies and sort out those that are retiring from those that will be carrying over in to the new Stampin' Up! catalogue (which I've had a peek at and is overflowing with loveliness!). I love this time of year, making way for lots of new crafty fabulousness. If you'd like to have a look at the items that are on the retiring list click on the picture below (only available until May 31st).



Today's crafty share is a card I created using my Jar of Love stamp set. I often overlook this set when I am sitting down to craft but when I had a look at some of the smaller images I realised they'd make a perfect silhouette layered over one another. 


I started by punching a circle from a Post-It to create a mask. I then used So Saffron ink with a sponge dauber to ink the circle in the background. Then I simply layered the Jar of Love elements in Memento Black ink over the top. Adding the greeting last.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

If you are placing an order during April (and your order is under £150 as you will qualify for your own rewards if the order goes above this amount) please use the hostess code ZBACWNNR and you will receive a special gift from me in June.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Stampin' Up! 2017 Retiring Products List is Live


Hello fellow Stampin' Up!-ers.

The Retiring Products list for 2017 is live. Click on the photo above to be connected to my online shop where you can see all the products that will be retiring.

All the retiring products are only available until 31st May or until stocks run out. Historically items sell out very fast from this list so don't wait if there are any must have items on there. And also this is your last chance to get your hands on the 2015-2017 In Colors (Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder).




If you place an order using my special Retiring List Hostess Code ZBACWNNR you will also get a special gift in the post from me in June once the new catalogue is released (I will be sharing all the hostess rewards for the order amongst all customers who order using the code). This will come beautifully packaged as a crafty summery surprise during June.

Please get in touch if you have any questions and I'll be more than happy to help.

-XXX-

If you are placing an order during April (and your order is under £150 as you will qualify for your own rewards if the order goes above this amount) please use the hostess code ZBACWNNR and you will receive a special gift from me in June.

Monday, 10 April 2017

A Love Sparkles Watercoloured Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton




Good morning crafters and a very happy Monday to you.

How was your weekend? I hope it was as beautiful and sunny as it was here on the Isle of Wight. I had a lovely weekend catching up with an old travelling friend who was visiting the UK from Australia. I gave her a whistle stop tour around the island. My girls loved finding out more about Australia and asked a lot of questions about kangaroos.

Today's crafty pair of cards were inspired by a masked card I'd seen on Pinterest. I'd been having a play with different masking techniques and I loved the simplicity of layering these Love Sparkles hearts using a Post-It note mask to give the added dimension.

Once I stamped the top row of hearts in Memento Black I then masked and added the background hearts. Once stamped I then coloured with Watercolour Pencils and blended with my Blender Pens.


To give a little added sparkle I added a thin strip of Glimmer Paper either side of the hearts.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Monday, 27 March 2017

Swan Lake Watercolouring from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Monday Crafty Friends.

How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything exciting? I had a play with some watercolouring and some new stamp sets I ordered from the Spring Summer catalogue. I enjoyed just creating and seeing where I ended up. We are on the last few days of Sale-A-Bration now so it is the perfect time to treat yourself to a few crafty essentials. I thoroughly recommend ordering a new stamp set and just seeing where the making takes you.

Here is one of the cards I created. I saw something similar on Pinterest and had a go myself. I started with a Whisper White card base that I scored to give the double layered frame top and bottom. I then positioned the images from Swan Lake within the lines and coloured with my Watercolour Pencils (blending over the top with a Blender Pen and highlighting the water with a little Clear Wink of Stella).


And this is the inside. I love the way the sentiment carries over to the inside. And those little cygnets are just too cute.


I enjoyed colouring and playing with texture and blending to create this card. And I love the simplicity of creating a card with just a simple Whisper White base and everything coming from simple stamping.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Friday, 17 March 2017

Watercolour Big on Birthdays Notecards from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Friday crafty friends. Hope you've had a good week and enjoyed a little sunshine wherever in the world you are. The Isle of Wight has had a couple of really lovely bright days this week.

What does your weekend have in store for you craft wise? I am making good progress with my patchwork quilt so will devote some time to getting some more rows of that stitched I think. Plus my other half is off camping tomorrow so I'll have an entire evening to watch Greys Anatomy and stitch- my perfect Saturday night.

I have a set of 4 cards to share with you today. I was experimenting with creating watercolor backgrounds with my acrylic blocks. For these cards I used some brightly coloured Twinkling H2Os I found in my crafty stash (not Stampin' Up! matching colours i'm afraid). That is what gives these cards their shimmer. As I have done with my Stampin' Up! ink pads in the past I applied the H2O paints directly to the acrylic block and sprayed with my Stampin' Spritzer. I then squished the block on to my Whisper White to give me the watercoloured mixed colour background.


Once I let the backgrounds dry a little I used the sentiments from the Big on Birthdays stamp set from Stampin' Up! with my Memento Black ink to stamp over the top of the watercoloured background.


To finish I added a little rhinestone bling for added sparkle.



Hoping you all have a lovely crafty weekend. Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Monday, 6 March 2017

An Inside the Lines Watercolor Thank You from Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Monday lovelies.

How was your weekend? We've been tucked up inside keeping warm and crafting this end. The girls have been absorbed with their new dinosaur stencils and I've been catching up with Stich Alongs (pics later).

My card I am sharing today uses the lovely Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper which can be yours free with an order of £45 until March 31st. I love that this DSP picks up on the adult colouring trend and gives crafters the opportunity to try different colouring techniques. For this card I chose to use my Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencils from the Spring Summer catalogue. I coloured and then blended with my Aqua Painters.


For the sentiment I added a strip of Old Olive and stamped the sparkle thank you from the Love Sparkles stamp set.

This is my favourite design paper from the set as I loved colouring the larger flowers and loved the bumble bee as an added feature.


And finally, for anyone following my progress with my Lakeside Needlecraft Stitch Alongs (a Stitch Along or SAL is where you sign up for a period of time, usually 12 months, and then the chart is revealed one month at a time- so you dont know  here are my two finishes from the weekend.

This is the March Pheonix for the Fantasy SAL:


And here are the March fishes for the Under the Sea SAL (Dory is my needleminder and not part of the design):


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Monday, 27 February 2017

A High Tide Night of Navy 'Just Because' Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Good morning and a very happy (rainy) Monday to you all. It is blowing a real hooly here. We've just opened our front door to find two ducks have taken up residence is a substantial car park puddle as well as seeing our beautiful local red squirrels sheltering in the trees (hanging on for dear life in this wind more like).

So on that note I have a lighthouse card to share today. I adore the High Tide stamp set and especially this sentiment. I've been talking to crafty friends recently about how we should all send more 'just because' cards. People expect cards on birthdays and Christmas but think about the delight we all feel receiving a lovely piece of handwritten  post unexpectedly. I've decided that from time to time I will post a card to a loved one just to say hello. This card will be the first one in box of cards to send. I love the sentiment and the little ray of sunshine it may bring to someone.


For this card I decided to keep it all tonally one colour. I simply used Night of Navy and Whisper White. When inking I created different shades by stamping off on to a scrap piece of paper before stamping on to my Whisper White. This is a simply technique for giving different variations of the same colour and adding depth to your stamping.


The High Tide Stamp Set has the two stamps for creating the layering and shadowing on the lighthouse. I love the 3D effect it gives the stamped image as well as the gorgeous detailing around the top of the house.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Sunday, 12 February 2017

A Big on Birthdays Celebration from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

A very Happy Sunday Crafters.

Whats happening where you are? I've had another busy weekend of patchwork and party prepping. I've been getting messy and having some fun with watercolouring getting ready for a Stampin' Up! party on Wednesday. I'll share those projects later in the week.

Today's crafty share is a card I made for my Mum's birthday last month. I adore the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and paired it with the Big on Birthday stamp set.


I used a Sweet Sugarplum cardbase to match the gorgeous Succulent Garden 3/8"Ribbon. I used the fab new Watercolour Pencils to colour my stamped flowers and I blended with my Blender Pen.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Beautiful You Paper Piecing from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton


A very happy Sunday my crafty friends. I thought I would take some time out of my Sunday afternoon patchwork piecing schedule to share a set of paper pieced cards I created with some crafty friends last weekend.


If you've been on Pinterest recently you will have come across a multitude of cards created with the Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set. I wasn't a big fan of this set from the  pictures in the catalogue until I saw all the creative things people have been making with it. And then once I'd seen the different paper piecing variations I knew I had to treat myself to the stamp set to have a go myself.


Paper piecing is my all time time favourite stamping technique and this stamp set lends itself perfectly. I began by cutting my layers of Whisper White and DSP from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set. Once I had decided on my floral layers I then kept the offcuts of DSP for the stamping of the dresses/hats. I used Memento Black ink and stamped the elegant ladies once on to my Whisper White layer and then again on to my DSP scraps. I chose to turn my DSP over and use the coordinating papers on the other side (and I deliberately chose prints that would look like lovely elegant dresses).



Once you have stamped the image again on to DSP you simply take a sharp pair of scissors and cut around the dress elements from the image. Once cut you simply adhere on to the Whisper White stamped image giving you a simple but effective patterned fill on your stamping.

I love the simplicity of the technique and I felt the images were enough without making too much additional fuss on my cards. So once I had stamped the matching sentiments I simply added a hand doodled frame to each card and voila they were complete!


I am in the middle of so many crafty projects at the moment. I am hoping to share some progress pictures very soon. I have recently started a new charity Stitch Along for Mind and I am loving trying a new style of cross stitching. Once I've finished the colour I am stitching I'll take some pics to share. Similarly I am alternating the SAL with piecing together lots of patchwork hexagons for a quilt for my daughter's birthday (it is a real family affair as Dad is cutting paper patterns, Mum is tacking them and then we are all getting stuck in to stitching the hexagons together- a month till her birthday- wish us luck!!!)

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Monday, 30 January 2017

Happy New Year from Stampin' Sarah HQ

Happy 2017 crafty friends. Can it really be so long since I last blogged? There have been so many exciting events and new products since my last post.

Have you seen the new Spring Summer catalogue? So many lovely new stamps, accessories, punches and crafty loveliness contained within its pages. And as always from January until the end of March with every £45 spent you can choose a Sale-A-Bration freebie with your order. All my ladies have been loving Sale-A-Bration this year. Click on the link above to check out the extras that could be winging their way to you soon.

And now back to some crafting. Since we moved I've found paper crafting a bit of a struggle. I am a get everything out and make a big mess kind of crafter not a contain everything neatly in one box. So not having everything with me in the new place we are living has been a challenge. But when I saw the gorgeous new stamp set High Tide and the beautiful Serene Scenery papers I knew they would make a perfect birthday card for my Mum.


I used the sentiment from the Big on Birthdays stamp set. I used Memento Black ink and stamped over the background paper adding the shore birds and grasses too.

For the inside of the card I added the seagulls and lighthouse.


Don't you just love these sea birds? They make me want to book a holiday somewhere with lovely beaches.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-