Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Sale-a-Bration starts today - Woo Hoo!!

Sale-A-Bration Starts TODAY!


Sale-A-Bration has started, so it's FREE STAMPS all round but that's not all....

What is Sale-A-Bration?

It's Sale-A-Bration time again at Stampin' Up!, and friends, fresh ideas, and free product is what it's all about!

Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition products they'll enjoy for years to come.

Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:

AS A CUSTOMER- For every £45 you spend you will get ONE FREE STAMP SET of your choice( there are 4 different ones to choose from), you spend £90 and get two free sets and so on.

AS A HOSTESS- Host a workshop with sales of £300 or more and receive a FREE stamp set!!!

AS A DEMONSTRATOR- Sign up and become a demonstrator during Sale A Bration and receive an extra FREE set of your choice from the main catalogue (up to the £38.95 value

So what is my amazing offer?

Place an order of £45 or more with me before Midnight on Sunday 10th January 2010 and get not only one Free SAB set of your choice but be in with a chance to win one of the following extra prizes.

For each set of 11 people ordering, you can WIN one of the following:

FIRST PLACE - The Full Set of Stampin' Up! Marker Pens(or a £100 spending spree of your choice)

SECOND PLACE - A free Level 2 hostess stamp set of your choice

THIRD PLACE - A free level 1 hostess stamp set of your choice

FOURTH PLACE - £25 worth of money to spend as you wish

FIFTH PLACE - £25 worth of money to spend as you wish

SIXTH PLACE - £25 worth of money to spend as you wish

This means that out of 11 people, 6 will get an extra prize on top of your free stamp set. How fantastic is that? You have a 55% chance of getting something for nothing and who doesn't like that?

The winners will be notified by email on the 11th of January. Good luck !!!

The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts on 30 December 2009 and runs through 28 February 2010, so don't miss your chance to earn free products!

This special offer is offered by me only and cannot be combined with any other Special Offer or as part of your Stamper's 10 group commitments. Sorry

I have taken part in a swap with some other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators so I will be back soon to show you the card that I made for that.

Happy New Years Eve tomorrow to you all - enjoy your celebrations!

Natalie x

Monday, 28 December 2009

There's gunna be some changes around here :)

You may have noticed some already :)

Me updating is one of them and I'm playing with layouts, tabs and other ideas for one of my resolutions for 2010.

I hereby declare that I will update my blog far more often in 2010 - there I said it....

Now I've just gotta do it LOL!

Watch this space.....and not for a month, I promise.

Hope you all had great Christmases and here is to a healthy and happy 2010!

Speak soon - definately,

Natalie x

Monday, 23 November 2009

Back soon.....

to give you an update of the last few weeks.
Let's just say:
Kian's birthday
and all sorts of other things.........
Have fun!
Natalie x

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Just another little sneaky peek for you :)

Loving these latest Stamp With Us classes. You're missing out if you're not there.
Natalie x

Monday, 19 October 2009

Jingle, Jingle, Jingle

Here is a sneaky peek at my project which will be going live on the Stamp With Us Winter site tomorrow.
Are you joining us for two weeks of classes, challenges, live chats and a whole lot of fun?
Click here to find out more.
Natalie x

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Do you want to come and Stamp With Us?

I cannot believe that we are here again already :)
The Stamp With Us on-line Christmas classes and fun starts THIS SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER!!
Have a look here for more info and to join us using Paypal.
See you there!
Natalie x

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

How funny is this???

No, not this scrapbook page :) !
Do you know? One of the things that has stopped me updating my blog has been the lack of comments - I kind of sat here thinking that nobody looked at it and was kind of wondering if it was worth bothering.

I've just been and found 20 comments to be moderated LOL!!

I forgot that when someone was trying (and failing) to be funny months ago and put horrible messages in the comments box, I switched to moderating comments - um, but I forgot that LOL!

So, now I know that people are looking, and appreciating, then maybe I'll update a bit more - duh!
So, above is a scrapbook layout that we did at Scrap Club on Monday night. Our Scrap Club has been going for about 5 1/2 years now and we always have fun. We lost our way a little for about a year but Zoe and I have taken charge again and we're doing some fab layouts and mini books - all with Stampin' Up! stuff of course!
I must also apologise for my lack of 2nd post on the Safari - I had a puncture and couldn't fix it :) so I failed to get to my destination that day! Oops.
I know that I am always saying that time just goes by far too quick but that never seems to change - what is going on? Anyone know how to get another few hours in each day - preferably when the phone doesn't ring, new emails don't arrive and there is peace and quiet for me to just "catch up!?
Anyway, still got a list of things that I told myself that I was going to do today as my To Do list is getting bigger and bigger and not going down at all. Did manage to cross a few things off of it today, but then added on just as many too.
And to think that we are heading towards Halloween, Kian's birthday and Christmas too - arrrghhhhh!!!!
Have fun,
Natalie x
P.S. Does anyone know why even though I've got gaps in between my paragraphs where I type, they don't show up on this blog post? Bemuses me every time it does it!

Monday, 5 October 2009

All Aboard!!!!!

Welcome, welcome anyone who has arrived via the Stampin' Up! Safari and Jo's blog. I didn't want to spoil you by putting this up too early seeing as Jo's stop was delayed, so we find ourselves with a slight delay today too. Hopefully overnight, the Safari might just catch up a bit LOL!
Here is my item using the new fabulous Animal Stories Stamp Set and matching Tall Tales Designer Series Paper and lastly the new Medium Window Sheets (acetate!).
I love the So Saffron and Certainly Celery colours of these sets and did you notice that ribbon that was from the special ribbon bundle.
With christmas approaching, this is a great time to get box making and if you use the white or black Staz-on ink, you can stamp any designs onto the acetate before you make the boxes too :)
Why not go back to Caz's blog tomorrow for the next stop of the Safari and I'll see you again in a few more days for more fun and frivolity.
Have fun!
Natalie x

Friday, 2 October 2009

Have you got your Wish List yet?

Any of these tickle your fancy?
All available now in the new catalogue!
Don't forget to check out what Jackie has done on the Stampin' Up! Safari - fab card with one of my favourite new sets - Circle Circus - go and have a look :)
Enjoy the weekend,
Natalie x

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Is that wild animals I hear?????

I can't believe it's the 1st October already - seems only a few weeks ago that it was the release of last year's new Stampin' Up! catalogue!

But here we are, with a sparkling new catalogue again, and to celebrate the launch, a few of the SU team I am in are having a little blog safari :)
We are starting off at the lovely Stampin' Caz today, and she has the link for tomorrow's visit to Jackie. Each day one of us will have something made with a set from the new catalogue and details of new products.
By following the links each day, you will be led on the safari around our blogs. I look forward to seeing you here in a few days whilst you have gone around some of the other talented Demonstrators blogs first - I'm last as always - good for me - I get a few more days to get mine together!
Anyway, did somebody say a new catalogue????

Sooooo many great new additions - I can't wait for my goodies to arrive.

Invitations have gone out to local ladies to join Zoe and I as we launch the catalogue at our party tonight. If you're not up to anything, why not join us at Maidenbower Junior School from 7.30pm this evening to have a look at the catalogue yourself :)

Gotta go.

Have fun!

Natalie x

Monday, 31 August 2009

Stamp With Us are excited to announce their 2010
Retreats in Guildford and Stratford Upon Avon
8.00am Saturday 27th February – 5.30 pm Sunday 28th February 2010
Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XZ
Stratford Upon Avon

8.00am Saturday 20th March 2010 – 5.30pm Sunday 21st March 2010
Holiday Inn Bridgefoot, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6YR

Each weekend will take the same format. Classes start at 8.30am sharp
on Saturday and Sunday. Each day will consist of four classes taught by
Monica Gale, Natalie O’Shea and Zoe Pierson.

Classes will include a mixture of techniques and products and will use Stampin’ Up! products. There will be an assortment of papercraft classes and each class will be two hours long. This year’s classes consisted of mini albums, scrapbook pages, boxes, paper handbags and lots of cards. All products are included in the cost – you only need to bring a basic tool kit with you. Full details of classes will be sent to you two weeks before the event and will explain exactly what you need to bring.

The prices are the same for both events. You can join us from 8am – 6pm on Saturday for £99, join us for our Saturday Party Night (7.30pm – midnight) for £35 and Sunday from 8am – 6pm for £99. You are able to pick and choose which bits you would like to join us for. Accommodation can be booked directly with the hotel. Please email for more information.

At the beginning of your stay, you will have your own table where you will sit for each class and make your “own”. There will be unlimited coffee, tea and snacks available throughout the day. Lunch will be provided each day too with a hot and cold buffet on the Saturday and a Roast lunch on the Sunday. If you are joining us both Saturday and Saturday evening, you will be responsible for your own dinner arrangements.

Both hotels have ample facilities to find something suitable on site or in Guildford there are several local restaurants and a Tesco store within walking distance and in Stratford, you are in the town centre and have everything around you.

Bookings are open for attendees of our first retreat, anybody in our Stampin' Up! downlines and anyone who has joined us in the online classes.

Booking for everyone else will open on 1st September.

For more information on eather of the retreats or information on how to book and on our payment options (including a payment plan) then email us at


Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Want to get £14 of ribbon FREE?

Until 31st August, all orders placed for £45 or more will recieve for FREE a wonderful ribbon bundle which includes 9.1 mtrs of So Saffron 5/8" wide grosgrain and 9.1 mtrs of Certainly Celery 5/8" wide Poly Twill.

These are 2 *NEW* ribbons that are not in our current or mini catalogue - but what fabulous colours - two of my favourite!

You can also earn these FREE ribbons if you host a £300 workshop on top of your usual hostess benefits too!
Have fun,
Natalie x

Friday, 24 July 2009

Want to win some stamps?

Enter the Stampin’ Up! Summer Design Challenge.

This summer you can win free stamp sets when you participate in the Summer Design Challenge.

Simply create a summer-inspired project using Stampin' Up! products from the current UK Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009, and submit it no later than 31 August 2009 for your chance to win!


Four prizes will be awarded to demonstrators and customers:


Demonstrator First Place: £150 worth of stamps sets


Customer First Place: £150 worth of stamps sets
Customer Second and Third Place: £50 worth of stamps sets

Summer Design Challenge Rules

Projects must be created using only Stampin' Up! products from the current UK Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009.Only one project per participant will be accepted.Projects can be cards, home decor, scrapbook pages, or 3D items.All projects must be summer-themed.Projects must be unique, and created for the Summer Design Challenge. Do not just recycle your old projects.A list of products used must be included with the project submission.

Full contact information, including your full name, demonstrator ID (if you are a demonstrator), address, phone number, and e-mail address must be included with the project submission.

Projects will not be returned as they may be displayed at future Stampin' Up! events or on the Stampin' Up! web site.

Contact me if you want more information and enjoy the weekend!

Natalie x

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

This time a week ago......

I was still recovering from this!!!! Our first Stamp With Us Retreat was a complete blast. Everyone had a fantastic time (well, that is what they told us!) and they were already asking when the next one would be half an hour into the first class! Well, we did spoil them as you can see from some of the goodies shown here!

Life is whizzing by as usual. The kids broke up from school tody - ahhh six weeks of "I'm bored!" - can't wait! My husband was made redundant three weeks ago so he has the delights of looking after then whilst I go to work at the moment until he finds work. He's been for a few interviews and has more to go to so I don't hold out on him being home for the whole of the summer holiday, but that would save a childcare problem :) I'll keep you updated on that one.

Below is a picture of this months Kits "By Mail". I have done a new website which has alot of stuff on. I was finding that I couldn't keep everything on a blog up the top and there was just too much to keep going on about, so decided I would start a proper website which had a shopping cart and all sorts! Anyway, below is the Petal Party kit which is July's kit. All supplies to make 18 cards - and how summery - this is one of my most favourite kits that SU do - really bright and fresh.

Well, the boys are at their final football tournament on Saturday then I think we get a month or so off until it all starts again - hurrah! They love it but it does take over our lives somewhat!

Anyway, swine flu has hit our next door neighbour and our boys school so it really is a reality now - I don't think you think too much about it until it's on your doorstep - and now it quite literally is. The neighbour is fine though just a day later - those drugs must be good!

Anyway, I've got the on-line classes that I am prepping for at the moment together with a Wheel Class on Monday so had better go - I've got some kits to pack! Have a look at to sign up for the on-line classes starting August 1st - 10 PDF classes and more for just £15!

Have fun and I'll try and be back soon again!

Natalie x

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

I know, I know

Do you know how hectic life is around here at the moment?

I trialled Kits "By Mail" and there was far more interest than I expected!

For those that can't attend classes or don't have an SU rep near you, I put together a Tart & Tangy Kit "By Mail" where you got the Stamp set and everything you needed to make the following:

It was a great success and something that I will add to my *new* website! Watch this space - it's coming :)

A little matter of the first Stamp With Us Retreat in Guildford this weekend is keeping me up many hours this week.

We've had sons birthday parties which is why we have the first card shown - he is a football nut and loved his card :)

We've had my birthday too which was lovely but over far too quickly.

Lots and lots more news too but up to my eyes in retreat stuff.

I am off next Monday and Tuesday so hoping to recover from weekend and get "caught up" :)

Have fun!

Natalie x

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Happy Fathers Day!

Hi again,

Here is the card that I made for my father in law - he liked it.

It's also the card that I made for the Stamp With Us challenge blog.

Lots planned this week. I have a Stampin' Up! party and class this week, a little boys birthday coming up on the 30th that I have to go shopping for, and the usual stuff too!

I'll fill you in on some of the other things in a few more days.

Hope you have all enjoyed the sunshine this weekend - it's supposed to be gorgeous this week - can't wait!

Have fun!

Natalie x

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

I didn't want to come back :(

:) Until I could keep up a regular pattern.

I am so sorry I have neglected my blog recently.

I have the worst habit of taking on too many things, then stopping them, then getting free time, then getting bored, then taking on more things...... you see a pattern here :) ?

Life has just been soooooooooo busy.

Working part-time in an office, together with being a mum and and wife with the chores that goes with that doesn't leave much time to play at Stampin' Up!

I love doing SU parties, classes and workshops and back in April took Tuesdays off to concentrate on growing my SU business so that one day in the future, I could maybe do SU full-time. I get so carried away with ideas and put that together with lots of people who love the idea too and we all get carried away.

Just in the next few weeks, I have classes, workshops, on-line classes, weekend retreats, kits by mail and more to organise - arrrghhhhh!

So, I am going to keep this reasonably short (in terms of subject not length!) and then I'm going to try and update at least once every three days.

Here goes then, today is going to be final countdown to the retreat:

Just a quick note to give you some more information about our upcoming retreat.

It is now just under a month away and hope that you are as excited as we are about it. We already know that we are going to have great fun!

Booking for this weekend retreat will close on 30th June 2009, so if you know of anyone who has been thinking about joining us, if you could let them know, they need to hurry - just two more weeks before we need to ensure we have enough of everything for everyone.

So, to confirm some of the finer details then......

If you need directions to the venue, have a look at this link and you can take a virtual tour of the hotel and put your postcode in to get directions.

For those staying the Friday night, you are able to check into your rooms from 2pm and the pool, gym, bar and restaurant will all be available for use.

The Holiday Inn still have some rooms reserved for us, so if you haven't had a chance to book your room yet, make sure that that you give them a call.You can use the main number or 01483 784444. This number is manned Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm. You need to quote "Stamp With Us" weekend and reference code KL6. On Saturday 20th of June, they will release any rooms that they are holding for us, so you will still be entitled to our rates but you can only book if they have availability.

Just to remind you the rates are £80 per room for one night (£80 if single, £40 each if twin) and an additional £55 per room if you want to stay an additional night (Friday or Sunday). Again £55 if single, £27.50 pp if twin.

Registration will start at 8am on Saturday morning. We have four 2 hour classes planned for you for each day, so breaks and light lunch will be reasonably short but we thought you'd rather have more time to play with paper :). Lunch is included within your payment. Classes will continue until 5.30pm.

You will then be free to organise your own evening meal. The hotel does bar food, has a restaurant, has room service and there is a Tescos across the road too :)

On Saturday night, we have big plans for our CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!! There will be Make & Takes, Demos, games and general fun, so don't forget your Santa hat and your Bauble earrings to join the fun LOL! This will be from 7.30pm onwards.

On Sunday, breakfast is included if you are staying in the hotel, but classes will start again at 8.30am, with four classes going on throughout the day. Another light lunch is included. We will aim to finish the day between 5pm and 6pm.

So if you are not joining us - what are you waiting for? And if you can't do all weekend - how about joining us just for the day?

Anyone else want to come and "Stamp With Us?"

See you within three days. Promise!

Natalie x

Friday, 22 May 2009

Crazy for Classes!

Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Classes in Crawley, West Sussex

For the Chocolate Class and from now on, all Card Classes with over 8 participants will be held in the Practical Room at Maidenbower Junior School.

This is a great room with plenty of space, electricity supplies for embossing and sinks galore - we can finally get messy LOL!

The school is by the shops and when you walk through the reception doors, you will have signs leading you to the Room where we will be.

So, here we go....the low down!

JUNE 2009

Wednesday 10th June 7pm - 10pm
Tart & Tangy Boxed Card Set - £20

In this class you will receive your own copy of the Tart & Tangy stamp set to take away with you! You will be making 10 cards and a box using your stamp set and the co-ordinating Summer Picnic Papers.

Monday 15th June 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Scrap Club at Montefiore Hall, Three Bridges

Thursday 25th June 7.30pm - 10pm
Fresh Cut Notes in a Bag - £15

In this class you will make four cards using the new Fresh Cuts Notelets presented in a gorgeous Bag. You can pre-order your own set of the Fresh Cuts stamp set to use at this class for just £16.50 including delivery (that's 20% off!) Orders must be received by Monday 15th June to be ready for the class.

JULY 2009

Thursday 9th July - 7pm - 10pm
Wheel Class - £20

In this class you will receive your own Jumbo Wheel Handle and Jumbo wheel of your choice (choice needs to be notified by Monday 29th June). You will learn 11 techniques of what you can do with your wheels and come away with four cards and a bag.

Monday 13th July - 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Scrap Club at Maidenbower Junior School

Thursday 23rd July 7.30pm - 10pm
Tag, You're It! - £15

In this class you will make five cards and a wrap. You can pre-order your own set of the Tag Punches for just £11.00 each (including P&P) or the Seeing Spots Stamp Set for just £12.20 (that's 20% off!). Orders must be received by Monday 13th July to be ready for the class.


Thursday 6th August - 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Le Jardin Card Box and Card Set - £15

Add a touch of elegance to any occasion when you gift someone with one of these gorgeous cards featuring the Le Jardin papers and the Pretties Kit. In this class, you will create four cards, each featuring different elements from the Pretties Kit and a custom designed box to hold them in.

Monday 10th August - 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Scrapclub at Maidenbower Junior School

For Scrapclub, It's £5 to join us and £7.50 extra to buy a kit (ordered in advance!)

The offer is still available that if you want to buy any of the products used in the classes, you can have 10% off if you order them on the night of the class.

You only need to bring your own basic tool kit (trimmer / scissors and glue) to each class.

All bookings will be confirmed by email once payment is received. Please email me on for more information and to reserve your place.

Have fun!

Natalie x

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Want to earn some extra cash or just get a discount on your habit :) ?

There is no denying that times are tough for alot of people at the moment. Bills going up, pay cuts becoming common if that then doesn't lead to redundancies.

Could you do with some more cash in your pocket? Want to earn it doing something that is completely non-pressurised, great fun and hardly feels like hard work at all :)?

I would be more than happy to chat about how you can either just get the discount for yourself or how you can build a business working from home and around your family commitments. My team is growing by the day and they all love what they do and do what they love! Do you want to join us?


Email me or phone me on 01293 888816 and I'd be happy to chat to you about how SU can work for you.
Have fun!
Natalie x

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

We're having a paper party!

Stampin' Up's May offer is if you buy 3 packs of patterned paper, you get to choose a 4th pack free!

This includes all the papers in the Main Catalogue,in the Mini Catalogue and any retired papers in the back of the main catalogue too!

So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to stock up on those papers.

Can't decide and want a peice of all of the papers? For THIS MONTH ONLY, for just £26.50, I am offering a 6 x 6" sheet of every single current patterned paper in both the Main and Mini Catalogues. This month is THE best month to enter this Paper Share as next month it will go back up to £35 as the offer will have ended.

So contact me as quick as you can as orders need to be placed and paid for before the end of the month! or 01293 888816.
Have fun!
Natalie x

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

There will definately be an echo on here right now :)

I forever seem to be apologising for never updating my blog and yes, I'm sorry again !

Sometimes, life just gets in the way and that can't be helped!

Soooooooooo, what has been keeping me so busy then?


1. The Stamp With Us online classes have been going on for the last two weeks and they have been a great hit - a great bunch of ladies joined us and we all had a blast. More news of Stamp With Us Summer coming in the next few days.....

2. Trying to organise the Stamp With Us Retreat in July and Scrappers Paradise in October is keeping me quite busy too :)!

3. Various classes and challenges that I have been teaching and being part of!

4. Looking after my growing Stampin' Up! family of now 11 ladies - woo hoo! keeps me busy too!

5. Running a solicitors office, being a mum and a wife takes a bit of time too!

6. The boys are in football tournaments, academies, after school clubs and training, it seems ALL the time - I can't tell you how many times I have to wash football kits in a week LOL!

Overall, things are okay and I am hoping it will become a bit quieter for a little while. My hubby's job is up in the air at the moment which puts a big grey cloud over us at the moment - the joys of working in the car industry! He has had a "letter" and several meetings re redundancy but nothing confirmed yet, so it's just a waiting game.....

Can't believe that the kids are back off of school again next week - haven't they just gone back? Surprise, Surprise - mine are in a Chelsea Football school for the four days of next week and another special Inset Football Training day on the following Monday too! I like to wear them out LOL! They love it and kick a ball around practically 18 hours a day! I'll be thankful when they pay off my mortgage for me with their first weeks wages :)
The card above is my weeks entry to the Stamp With Us Challenge - - I really loved the inspiration picture we had to work with as I wouldn't normally a) add that many colours together b) add those bright colours together! I made it with one of my downline in mind - Clare has just had her first promotion, so I gave it to her to congratulate her on her success - well done Clare!
Right, well I am going to stop there and post again in a couple of days.... I promise!
Stampin Up have some great offers on this month and we're already nearly two thirds of the way through the month!
Speak soon!
Have fun!
Natalie x

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

*Tip toes in very quietly*

How is a girl to get any work done when somebody else just wants to just "be with you". My 12 year old baby just keeping his mum company!

Some cards that I did to thank my Stampers 6 group for their orders last month!
Am I forgiven now that I've given you photos LOL?
Life has been suuuuuppppppeeeerrrrr busy!
Scrappers Paradise is this weekend and I am really looking forward to it. We have such a lovely group of ladies who have become regulars and I am really looking forward to catching up with them again. For the first time ever, I am actually organised and ready to go - classes done and all sorted out!
We have had a phenomenal response to Stamp With us! Are you joining us on May 1st? In the next couple of days you'll see an example of what you can expect from the on-line classes. We have had a great response to the weekly challenges too - why don't you join in or have a look? There is some fantastic creations on Mr Linky!
I have done several classes both scrapbooking and card making classes which I've really enjoyed and next week is very very busy for me. I come back from Paradise and then I have Monday night to recover but I have a SU party on Tuesday, another one on Wednesday and then a class on Thursday. Friday - I pass out LOL! I love it though :)
But a very busy week this week has mean't that I am really tired now and together with the fact that I've got Paradise on Friday, I'm going to have an early night tonight - I'm not sure quite how much sleep I am going to get over the weekend.
Have fun and I will be back as soon as I can!
Natalie x

Friday, 3 April 2009

Well what a two weeks it's been! Phew!

So I've had one class, two Stampin' Up parties, a new SU! Mini Catalogue launch. SU! field training and oh, just the little thing of

Just slightly busy then LOL! That's not including my "proper" job and being both a wife and mother too thrown into that lot too - it;s been a whirlwind!

So, in a whirlwind rundown.....the class was great - as usual - Crazy for Cupcakes was used and here are some of the cards that we made:

The SU parties / workshops were fun - some hardcore SU fans came and loved what the new catalogue brings us. Who doesn't want those oval punches?

Field training was great - always good to catch up with a bunch of ladies who just get "it!"

We always do a swap of cards / card fronts when we go to these type of events. Now for the first time ever, I didn't want to stress myself out with extra jobs to do with everything else going on, so I didn't sign up. Then I felt guilty! :) So last minute, I thought if I gave everyone chocolate, they might forgive me for not doing a card! So this is what everyone got from me:

The flower is from the new Petal Pizzaz set stamped in Regal Rose and the sentiment is from the Friendship Circles set stamped in Chocolate Chip of course!

Here are the Make and Take's that we made using the Forest Friends set which includes this tree, Bambi, Thumper and the Wise Old Owl :). I love this set and think it is great for all sorts of things!

I was also a very good upline and made a book for my downline to make notes in the meeting all personalised with Sweet always papers, Flower Fusion flowers (best felt flowers ever!), brads from the Hodgepodge Kit and chipboard letters coloured with my *new* marker pens and the White Doodling pen. I can't believe that the chipboard retained the proper ink colour (didn't discolour!) and there were no streaky colouring in marks either - they were great!

So.......Stamp With Us went live on Wednesday and we have launched the Challenges, the on-line class and the retreat in our first three days - what are you waiting for, get over here to find out more information! It's very very exciting!

Right well that has been the last two weeks in a nutshell. Now we are all up to date, I'll see if I can update a little bit more often - I'm hoping things will be calming down a little now :)

Have fun and enjoy the weekend!

Natalie x

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Can you believe that I have actually crafted today.....for me!

Well, the above is actually a card for my mum for Mother's Day tomorrow - nothing like leaving it to the last minute!
Anyway on Monday, my mum is flying off to Malaysia for 10 days and so as there wasn't much point in buying her fresh flowers - she wouldn't be here to appreciate them - I did the next best thing and made a bouquet of paper ones!

I have to say that I really wasn't very keen on this collection in the new Mini Catalogue from Stampin' Up!, but it really has grown on me.
The paper flowers in the bouquet were individually cut out from a sheet of one of the patterned papers from the Tea Party papers as is the cone that they sit in. Each flower is held in place with a hat pin and a crystal from the SU Pretties kit!
The image on the card is actually stamped from the co-ordinating Stamp Set called Playful Petals and coloured with my new marker pens. Ooo0o - I think that I love them even more now - they don't dry streaky at all on the Whisper White card - it's a really beautiful finish.
Anyway, I've got thank you cards to make and a class to prepare for over this weekend, so better get on - just thought that I would share these with you and wish you all a
Happy Mothers Day tomorrow - whether you are one or not - go and spoil yourself and enjoy the rest of the beautiful weekend.
Have fun!
Natalie x

Thursday, 19 March 2009

I'm in love.......

Look what arrived today!
I have been waiting for these for a long time.
Thanks to a lady in my Stampin' Up! downline (Hi Cate!) who had her first promotion, it meant that I promoted too and as such had £100 to spend in the catalogue FREE. I had promised myself that once I had achieved the Silver 1 promotion, this is what I would spend my money on!
And on other news - WOW! Have you had a look at Stamp With US! It seems that over 1100 people have looked! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited about this - there are lots of great things planned - make sure you don't miss out and there is FREE stuff to win too!
Have fun!
Natalie x

Monday, 16 March 2009

Okay, big fanfare please ..........

Here is some very very exciting news as far as I am concerned - something that we have been working on for quite some time - we all love it:

Stamp With Us

Why not go and have a look by clicking on the above blinkie to find out how you can win all of this......

There is lots and lots and lots more to share but hey, gotta take it one step at a time!

Natalie x

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Sharing the Stampin' Love!

Here are a couple of photos of what I was doing on Saturday! There is a lovely group of ladies who get together once a month in a small village close by to craft - some make cards, some scrapbook. They enjoy each others company and Karen's (the organiser) husband, makes the best home cooked lunch and brings it to them half way through the day.
Well, I was there on Saturday morning making a card and matching tag with them showing the two step stamping technique similar to what I did with my mum's birthday card and the Rose is a Rose set.
I have lots of exciting things coming up that I should be able to share with you over the next day or two - just watch this space, so much going on - and all good!
Natalie x

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Does this week just keep getting better?

Oh yes, your eyes are not deceiving you - Stampin' Up! can't wait until October to give you new products, so they are introducing a Mini Catalogue from 1st April - woo hoo!

As a demo, I have been able to pre-order everything this month (and at an ADDITIONAL 20% discount to my normal 20% discount - did I tell you how great it was being an SU Demo? :) ). There are more stamp sets, more ribbon, more buttons, more paper - do you want me to go on, or do you just want to click on the above image and have a look for yourself.

I am taking pre-orders for the mini catalogue now and for anyone who wants to order and pay before 1st April, I will give you free postage and packing saving you 5%.

AND for all pre-orders received and paid for, I will put all the names in a hat and randomly pick a winner to receive Stampin' Up! goodies to the value of £50 - what are you waiting for?

Go have a look at that Mini catalogue now and get back to me with your pre-orders!

Have fun!

Natalie x

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Reasons to be cheerful, 1..,2...,3.....

There is lots of reasons to be cheerful, but here is one of them.

As Stampin' Up! are attending the Hobbycraft shows, they are offering a 10% discount on the Starter Kit from 12th - 25rd March 2009. But what is really great, is that they are letting us offer it too!

This now gives you £240 worth of goodies for just £125. You can pick your own four stamp sets (up to a total value of £82), your own five inkpads, your own wheel and your own card to completely personlise it to match your wish list.

Now, I'm sure that we all know how easy it is to have a wish list entering the £100's so why not treat yourself during this special offer time?

And just to confirm, Stampin' Up! encourage Hobby Demos (people who order just for themselves at a discount) or people who want to their own business -it's entirely up to you.

So, what are you waiting for? Email me now to find out more info or give me a call on 01293 888816 and why not join my team where you will receive my support and much more.

Have fun!

Natalie x

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Get Onboard with Chipboard!

During the month of March, get 25% off Stampin' Up! chipboard assortments.

No minimum purchase is required, and there is no limit to the number you can purchase!

Stampin' Up!’®s On Board chipboard is designed to co-ordinate with many of their stamps and accessories, and is perfect for adding depth and colour to cards, scrapbook pages, or any other project you can think of.

This is another great offer from Stampin' Up! and makes their great chipboard really affordable. Fantastic value anyway, you can see that you can get their packs from £8.81 now. They are great quality, so versatile and add dimension to your projects! There are 100's of things you can do with them and here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Use them as they are "naked"

  • Stamp onto them

  • Colour them with marker pens

  • Colour them with inkpads

  • Paint them

  • Add rub-ons onto them

  • Add glitter to them

  • Cover them with card

  • Cover them with patterned papers

  • Doodle on them

  • Do you need anymore convincing?

So, email me at or telephone me on 01293 888816 to claim your 25% off chipboard and I will get an order done for you.

Chipboard is also great to use at parties, so if you are thinking of having a party in March, then contact me again too as I've not got much space left for March bookings!

Have fun!

Natalie x

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Stamp A Stack class

Last Thursday evening I ran a Stamp-A-Stack class. The ladies coming had said that they wanted to make 9 cards aimed at mainly men / boys and the above cards are the nine cards that we made. Sorry about the bad pictures again - bad light around today matched with the fact that I couldn't use my tripod! Must get that sorted out!
All the patterned paper, card, ribbon, buttons and adhesive die cuts were all from the Rock Star Card Elements kit from Stampin' Up! and the other bits used were some circle punches, white and blue doodling pens and the co-ordinating SU Starring You stamp set.
I love the Elements kits! Not only are the blues and greens of this kit right up my street, they also have a set which is all pink, purple and flowery. The kits come with everything that you need to make 10 cards and three of the cards above are the examples that come with a "how to" sheet in the kit.
At the bargain price of just £12.50 per kit, I think they are both great value and are ideal for quick cards when you are running out the door.
I just want to let everyone know that you don't have to order at a party to get the Stampin' Up! products that you like! Contact me at any time and I can have your order delivered directly to you from Stampin' Up! So, if you fancy one of the Elements Kits or anything else, then email me and I'll get it organised for you.
On other topics.....Hubby and I ventured off to Oxford this weekend and had a lovely time. I think we both just needed to get away from everything and just do "whatever we want to do, whenever we want to do it!" If we want to get someone else to cook dinner and eat it in bed, we could do, same for breakfast, afternoon drinking and relaxing, visiting the spa - it was pure bliss! Reminded us of why we fell in love in the first place and we toasted our 17 years together (oh blimey, that makes me feel old!!!!!!!)
Lots and lots to share with you this week - exciting offers and news from Stampin' Up! and a few more cards etc to share with you too so will be trying very hard to update more regularly!
Have fun!
Natalie x