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Category: Fresh Vintage

I completely missed it….What the Girls Did next…Sale-a-Bration….and my youngest son!

Halloooo there! Yep week three of Sale-a-bration passed me by – it was a terrifically busy week so please accept my apologies and hopefully I will be able to make it up this week with two offerings for ‘what to do with my Sale-a-Bration stamps’!  What made it so busy Lorraine?  Well for a starters it was half term, and Valentines Day and I till had my youngest off not too well – he seems to be struggling to shake this illness that he has had and was in hospital with – one day up next day not so good… mind you his teenage hormones and attitude are definitely making a regular appearance so I guess it is just a slow process!  Oh, and with it being half term – we went away Tuesday to the Lake District. It was lovely to get away and we had a super time staying at the Wild Boar Inn at Crook near Windermere. We have been before so knew what to expect and weren’t disappointed tis time either – I highly recommend it.  What I don’t recommend is picking up the dreaded D & V!  It is definitely something we have picked up as we all ate different things in the various restaurants we visited but one by one we have been afflicted by the dreaded RUNS! My Dad has been worst affected but for me it is feeling so washed out that I don’t cope with – I feel like a badly wrung out cloth!

On to happier things….You may remember my Tuesday Techniques class are half way throughout this session and I thought I would share with you what they had for their last home work – the brief was to make a Christmas  card but using only white with a hint of colour – but only one!  here is how they did….and I am sure you will agree they have done amazingly well!

Love the Glitter red and the embossing folder

The picture doesn't do this justice - the paper is pearlised and lovely

Fabulous Glitter effect on this one

The embossing here is crisp and clean and really stands out

Super use of punch and matting and layering

This is so simple yet so classy

More embossing that is crisp and clean - Well done!

Lovely use of embossing

Didnt they do brilliantly? I can’t way to see this weeks home work – they had to find or create a sketch and then draw it out before making a card using that sketch. Then they had to bring the card and sketch to class with their name on the sketch, we then passed they sketches round for someone else to use their sketch!

Sale-a-Bration – so many of you have placed orders and got your free stamps or paper collection but are then not sure what to do with them afterwards – here are another couple of ideas….the first is using the smallest elements from the Fresh Vintage set to make the very simplest card possible (we cater for all levels of crafting ability here!) – this could be a birthday card, Easter card or even a sympathy card if needed but its simplicity is the let and you could rattle sets off to give as different gift for teachers at the end of term.

Fresh Vintage

The second card is a CASE (copy and share everything) from an Australian girl I follow called Teneale Williams – I completely admire her work and have a tendency to be influenced by her enormously. This is not a complete copy – I changed the sentiment to one from Faith in Nature, and used the lovely Poppy Parade stitched poly ribbon instead of the satin Teneale used. I also used a different punch for my back card stock – I have the large  scalloped square Sizzix cutter and can usually get my head round making a bigger one but when I was making this card I was at beginning to feel unwell and just couldn’t get my head straight! So I cheated and used a Martha Stewart punch!


I love the faux tile effect of this card and this done in blue would give an amazing Delft tile look.   

And finally….our trip to the lakes….I placed some lovely pictures last year of our walk and the beautiful Grasmere area. This time I couldn’t resist this picture of my youngest son… We stayed in a lovely hotel and my Dad and my son had a twin room whilst MB and I had a double – our room had a super roll top cast iron bath feature which my son couldn’t wait to try out. This photo is him lounging on our bed after his luxurious bath  using not only our bath but my new bottle of bubble bath! He loved it and this pic really expresses that I think….what do you think?

The youngest son...

Until next time….remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx

…And a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! Wow! hasn’t the time flown over? I cannot believe that Christmas has come and New Year now gone and it’s time to put all those well made good intentions and New Years resolutions into practice.  What were mine?  Ahh that would be telling wouldn’t it! It does most definitely include more card making and paper craft thats for sure! Oh! and it includes starting my Christmas cards in January again, but what I learned from this year is not to make them one at a time but to make them in batches, preferably in fives! So what do I have for you today?

Spring Mini! Yippee!

YES! the Spring Mini is here and you can grab a copy by dropping me an email with your postal address details and I will post you out your very own copy! Email me at  Is it fabulous? Of course it is and I cannot wait for you to see some of the beautiful and amazing products we have lined up for you. But here is a little taster…..

You Are Loved

This is the fabulous You Are Loved stamp set all ready for Valentines day. This set will work any time of the year as well but I made this one ready for MB as I am usually making his card around the 15th of February! I embossed with VersaMark and clear embossing powder and stamped the flowers by inking the stamps with Markers (remember our pens do this remarkably well but Copics and ProMarkers don’t) and stamping them out. I then cut around the image. I used the same stamp to make my background paper, stamping and embossing with VersaMark and clear embossing powder. And yes that is a touch of the rather gorgeous Red Glimmer paper in the background too! Yep, that is available in the Mini!  I cannot wait for you to see all the beautiful new products available to you for a limited time only mind! Don’t forget email me and I will post you out your very own copy of the Mini!

Whats Next? Oh! Yes, we will be using products from the Mini at our up and coming class at the end of the Month so if you haven’t booked your place, get it booked NOW!   Spring Stamp a Stack – Saturday 28th January 2011 – This is going to be an amazing day and places will be limited so book your place and don’t miss out! We will be offering 12 cards, 3 designs, 2 colour ways and 4 of each design. All for £15 – yes I really did say £15! No only that but if you place an order for £45 on the day you will get your class for FREE!  Not only that but everyone placing an order will go into a draw to be the MYSTERY HOSTESS and get the hostess benefits as if you were the Hostess! That means FREE PRODUCTS for one lucky participant!  Book your place now over on my blog to reserve your place on what is going to be an amazing day!  The Pay Pal Button is back in its usual place.

Technique Tornado Day – February 11th 2011 – Yes! it is the return of the amazing Technique Tornado Days ! Yippee! This first one will cover approximately 7/8 techniques, and focus on Valentines Day, Mothers Day and have a decidedly spring feel about it!  Don’t miss out – £25 for the whole day! there limited places available so book your place now and avoid disappointment!   No guest designers – Just me and a full day of crafting!  Use the PayPal button to book your place now! The Pay Pal Button is back in its usual place.

 Stamp Club – Are you in the Club?  I run two stamp clubs – and they both begin again 1st January.  How do they work Lorraine? yes, i hear you – how do they work? well first you choose which club you want to be in – Stampers Six (you place an order for £25 each month for six months) or Stampers Ten – (you place an order for £15 each month for ten months) then towards then end of each month you send me your order. At some point during your run – 6 months or ten months  – you are the hostess and get ALL the hostess benefits! Now this DOES NOT mean we all pile round to your house for cake and crafting – it is a virtual club – but you still get the benefits as if we had all piled round to yours!  Sound like a great idea? It fans that you can spread the cost of your wish list and also benefit from hostess goodies! What a Great Idea! Email me now and book a place!

I have been busy making my boys’ thank you cards for them to write and send so I have a sneak peak of something that is coming towards the end of the month  – What More Excitement for us?  Yes Indeed! Can’t tell you what but watch this space….

New Stamps...New Designer Series Paper!

So I can’t tell you much about this yet….But…This is a new Stamp set that is coming VERY soon, it’s not in the Mini and you may be able to get it and the lovely new DSP that is peaking right out of the top of the card ABSOLUTELY FREE!  like the sound of that? me too and I can promise you it really is lovely!


This is one of the other Thank You cards I have been making…This is a stamp from the Ideas and Catalogue book 2011/2012, and I have been dying to use this stamp – it is so elegant! It is called Elizabeth and I simply stamped this in Basic Black on to Whisper White, Used Butterflies embosslits with Cherry Cobbler Card Stock and Stamped my sentiment with the same. I think the whole card took less than ten minutes to make including the inside but it makes a really classy and effective Thank You card for sending out. Of Course it would make any occasion depending on your sentiment!

And finally….Yep – the diet is back on starting Monday! I have slipped off the rails after having done so well, I did put a couple of pounds on between November and now but that would be all the pre Christmas Mince pies and cream I scoffed! I really do love them! Back to Paleo from Monday.  My eldest son, who has been home for the holidays is heading away to Val d’Isere on friday for a spot of skiing, so we wish him a safe journey and a happy holiday – we will see him the following weekend when we travel to his University to take all his things back for him – I know he does read this from time to time so have a great time Son – it’s been great having you home and we will miss you!  The Youngest son is back to school tomorrow and ready for it I think – there is only so much time he can spend on the xBox, isn’t there?

Until next time remember to Stamp your place in the world! xxx

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