Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cards for men

Why do we find it so hard to make cards for the men in our lives, I know most of us are in the same boat on this one.

Creating a pretty card is just too easy isn't it, but when we need one for a middle aged man I always struggle.  I find making cards for little ones much less challenging, but older men is tricky, I know I'm not alone!

I recently ran a class using the High Tide stamps that are in the Spring/Summer Catalogue, and I'm happy to say they will be carrying over into the new 2017/18 Annual Catalogue.
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 So here's a creation made with the set....
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I used one of the scallop squares dies from the Layering Squares set, placing my top plate away from one edge of the die so as not to cut a square, then I replaced it back into my big shot and cut the other end doing the same with my top plate, I think I need to do a tutorial post on how this is done with pictures to explain!

A very simple card to create, the sponging adds a lovely effect

We made 2 other cards at the class and I will be back to share these with you soon, in the meantime, don't forget we still have the retired list available with lots of reduced items so why not check it out


and also the Eastern Palace early release suite of products


You can visit my shop here to view any of these items or simply click on one of the product pictures below to be directed



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite.... early release bundles available

Have you seen this great new early release Suite?



The Eastern Palace Suite is now available to purchase head of the Annual Catalogue launch in June.



Take a look at the video for a closer look at these lovely new items.



You can purchase either bundle of products listed below



If you would like to place an online order for one of these bundles, or anything else that you are NEEDING (there's always something we need to have isn't there!)

Shop online and spend between £25 and £150 and use my Hostess Code and I will send you a little gift in the post to say thank you.



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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The gorgeous "Bike Ride" set is coming

Stampin' Up! hold 2 events each year called On Stage, these are events that are filled with Inspiration, Excitement, Fun, Friendship and Laughter.  I come away feeling energised and re-fuelled for what lies ahead.

There are several reasons why I love these events so much...

I get to meet up with Demonstrators that I don't see that often
I get to see sneak peaks of products that are upcoming
I get to play with new upcoming products and make samples to take away
I receive a copy of the new upcoming Stampin' Up! catalogue
I get to swap cards with fellow Demonstrators
I receive an On Stage bag filled with goodies
We have Prize Patrols and giveaways
I get to spend valuable time with Team Members
I learn great business tips and come away feeling energised

Of course a favourite part is receiving FREE new product, and this all attendee giveaway was no exception.

It's called "Bike Ride" and I am totally in love with it.

A fabulous set of stamps that contains a huge number of images that all work together but could be used alone with other images.  I love the little basket that could be filled with a multisite of different items.

Here's a card I made using the set....
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I just love how cute this set is, there are lots of images that go with this bike, a dog, books, fruit, the possibilities will go on and on with this set.  I'm looking forward to getting the co-ordinating dies next month, I do love a bit of fussy cutting but time is always against me and you know how speedy it is to cut out with the Big Shot machine.

So whilst we have new products coming, we are still saying goodbye to lots of our favourites so don't forget to check out the Retired List, follow this link to view the full list



or simply stop by my

ONLINE SHOP

Don't forget to use this month's Hostess Code if your order is over £25 and below £150, I can then send you a little gift in the post at the beginning of June to say thank you for shopping with me.



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Friday, April 28, 2017

Retiring Products going fast.....

So we are a couple of weeks into the Retired List and although things have sold out, some very very quickly, there's still plenty of discounted items left for you to choose from.



Here's the link if you'd like to take a look

HERE


Last week my classes focussed around the "Jar of Love" bundle.  This is such a gorgeous set of jam jars, flowers and other images, including some greetings too.

Now although the stamps and dies will be carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue in June, they won't be available as a bundle, so if your'e thinking of making a purchase, do it sooner rather than later.

Here's one of my cards, I used the lovely "Hardwood" background stamp {{love this}}, so happy it's staying with us for another year!

My colour combo is Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White.
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Don't forget to check out the Retired List

and the updated Clearance Rack

and if you're placing an online order over £25 but less than £150 use my latest Hostess Code






Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On Stage Amsterdam

Over the past couple of months I have been finding it hard to keep up to date with my blog, I have managed to find a better life/work balance over the past year, making time to do the things that make me happy.

My aim is to get back to posting more regularly as I am still creating oodles of projects, just not finding the time to share them here, with platforms such as Instagram, it's just so much easier and faster sharing my creations and that's kind of where I have been focussing on of late.

So today I thought I would catch up with details from the recent On Stage Event I attended in Amsterdam earlier this month.

I had the most amazing time, spent with 4 of my team.

Following from my previous post, here is the first of my swaps.  At Stampin' Up! events we do something called "swapping".  We create a card front design, make several, then swap them with others meaning you come home with a whole load of different ideas!  It's great and a part of these events that I really love as you get to mix and mingle with people you've never met before.  
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For my second swap I used the "Carousel Birthday" stamps which I adore, sadly these are now on the retired list but still available to purchase at present so don't miss out, get it before it's gone!

My colour combo here is Mint Macaron and Peekaboo Peach
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I like to make gifts for my team, here they are all packaged with their names on, I was excited to give these to them, will have to get a photo of the contents for you!
I attended Centre Stage, an evening and a lunch specifically for leaders.  The evening was lovely, the opportunity to chat and engage with other Demonstrators, a fabulous meal, live group, dancing, gifts and great company!

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Look at the gorgeous notebook we received in our bags, and those Post It Notes, well, what can I say!!!

Such an exciting couple of days, to come away carrying the new 2017/18 is the greatest feeling, so many exciting and gorgeous new products to share with you all soon.

The next On Stage event is in Birmingham on 11th November, I would love for you to join me on this adventure, if you'd like to find out more about the benefits of being a Demonstrator, how you too can get sneak peaks of upcoming products, earn a permanent discount on your products and become part of an amazing community of crafters then just get in touch with me at
stampinkerry@aol.com
for a very informal chat

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tomorrow I will be taking a flight to Amsterdam to attend the

Stampin' Up! On Stage Event

and I can't wait to be there!!

Now I'm going to have so much fun I thought it would be nice to give away some FREE PRODUCTS, you will find the details down below so keep reading!

As at every Stampin' Up! event we swap, this is a process of making card fronts then swapping with other Demonstrators and coming home with lots of new ideas!

Below is one of my swaps in progress, I will post the finished design later.
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My colour combination is

Bermuda Bay
Rich Razzleberry
Whisper White

Love these colours together and although they aren't subtles that I'm usually drawn to I still love them!

I used the Window Shopping Stamps and Window Box dies from the Spring/Summer catalogue, both can be purchased singly or as a bundle saving you money, a fabulous set great for making cards and boxes with.



I designed this card for a recent class and decided it would be a nice one to create as a swap, it's pretty simple but sweet with it and could be dressed up a little if needed.

I used my Petite Petals punch to create a decorative end on my greeting banner, I really like how it finishes it off.

So whilst I am away enjoying myself and feasting over lots of lovely new products that will be coming your way soon, I thought I would give away some

LOVELY FREE PRODUCTS

Just place an order with me for a min £25, online or via email between
6th and 9th April and I will send you a free gift in the post to say thank you for shopping with me.

Use my Hostess Code and you will get an extra gift at the beginning of May too!


Below you will see all of the products I used to create my swap, if you click on a product it will direct you to my shop.