Snow is falling….

…all around us, children playing having fun. Tis the season love and understanding Merry Christmas everyone…

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas with our first snowfall decorating my front lawn, not sure my ducks will be feeling the love as much as I am!

I love the snow especially when I have no where to be and I can stay snuggled under my duvet for that extra half hour (or two).

In the UK we don’t deal with snowfall very well everything grinds to a halt, we have no snow chains or anything on our cars and it’s rare that we get proper snow that lies for any length of time before turning to slushy ice. I think the last proper snow fall we had was 2013, inches of the stuff and the world stopped!

Anyway I’m a lover of snow ⛄️ what about you? Love it or hate it?

Today I thought it was appropriate to share a snowflake card, it was based off Pinterest many months ago now and I can’t remember who from but I absolutely love it!

Perfect for a snowy day like today!

So I’ll be spending today doing some crafting, I’ve loads of cards to make for my customers and then there are diaries and journals, table favours and crackers… who doesn’t love a handmade Christmas?

Have a wonderful day whether you are working and reving up to a weekend off, or whether you start your weekend early… enjoy every second!

Gillian xx

All wrapped up

This is another box we made at the cheers to the year class. Design credit for the box goes to a fellow demo, Linda Parker. I love the flush finish and so simple to make but such a wow!

The DSP in this suite is beautiful and retiring… sadly. You get three sheets each of four designs, all metallic, all equally gorgeous! I made a card to match this box because… well why not?

Did you notice the foil snowflakes in the photograph? Also gorgeous they come in packs of 24, 12 each of silver and gold…

The best part of this suite is it’s usability after Christmas and the New year… its perfect for Weddings and the stamp set includes a Mr and Mrs stamp… and metallics are very en vogue for weddings!

I like to showcase the versatility of our sets so we added a Wedding Card into the mix, and how fab is my triple bow? Love it! I made it using a bow maker… the ones that look like a 1980’s hair rake! Super easy!

As always message any questions you have and I’ll get right back to you!


Night in Bethlehem

I decided to use the Night in Bethlehem bundle for my project which is a beautiful 6″x6″ shadow box.

I absolutely adore this set, and I went for nice simple clean lines for this project.

Working with white has its issues so I always like to make sure I’ve cleaned my surface before I start!

The shadow box itself is made from a sheet of 12″x12″ whisper white card stock. Once you’ve made one they are actually quite straight forward!

The sentiment is embossed in silver and a die cut silver foil star is added to finish. Whether to send or as a Christmas keepsake for yourself this card is sure to impress.

I’d love to hear what you think, please leave me a comment below or if you’ve any questions just ask.

Thank you so much for popping by today, and please don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know you’ve visited, it really will brighten my day ❤️

Gillian x


Sunday past was the day of my cheers to the year project class. We had the best of days finished off by our Christmas dinner at a local restaurant. There was much fun and frolics!

Anyway the crafts… Throughout the day we did six cards and four 3d projects… well most of us did. Two of my ladies wanted all cards so I redesigned the 3d projects and turned them into cards! Of course the ladies doing the bags and boxes loved the cards as well but there was just not enough time in the day!

I spent a long time coming up with the measurements for a giant sized cracker…. 

Isnt the copper foil paper lush? If you’d like the directions just leave me a message below.  

It was so simple to make this project into a Card and I just loved the result, which is your favourite… the cracker or the card? Or are you a ‘gotta have it all’ kinda girl like me? 

I think Im going to have to stock up on that fabulous designer paper before it bows out at the start of January. And how fab are those foil snowflakes? You get a pack of 24 half gold and half silver…. but they can be coloured and the back is plain… they are so beautiful the photograph just doesn’t do them justice!

Next we did a jumbo gift bag… this uses two sheets of 12” x 12” paper but is so worth it, it’s so sturdy and is sure to make any gift a WOW! 

The paper the bag is made from is stunning, in some lights it looks silver, in others gold. It’s so pretty! The cute little pom-pom trim is retired but I couldn’t resist using it! Of course I also had to make this into a card which I’ve posted below.

Clever right? I can tell you I was chuffed!

Pop back again and I’ll share the other two 3d projects and some more cards.

Catch you later!
Gillian x

Smashing time

Oh disaster of disasters… I dropped my iPhone and now the screen is totally smashed. I’m gutted :/

Anyway I managed to sneak a little time in my craft room and had a play with birthday delivery stamp set and dsp … I also had a play with my bow maker…..

I used to make dozens of journals. It haven’t made one in a while until this one. It has such a pretty vintage feel to it. I used soft sky and powder pink. And just look at my lovely bow…. isn’t it just so pretty!

This would look just as pretty as a card I think! AND if I had my Stamparatus it would have been even quicker and easier to make. I judged the background stamps by eye but the Stamparatus would have made perfectly spaced and perfectly aligned images!Anyway there we go a quick, pretty non Christmas themed make… but don’t worry I’ll be back with lots of Christmas inspired projects using the year of Cheer suite later in the week… and that will be a treat! Happy crafting!Gillian xPS don’t forget the online extravaganza happening now and keep your eyes open for another 24 hour flash sale coming on the 27th!Squeak!! So exciting!

Exciting news!

Well I’m just back from the weekend convention which was great. I got to share fab projects and see lots of gorgeous new products. I also got some to bring home… the best being the new spring summer catalogue and the Sale-a-bration brochure!

This was my swap, a simple trim fold desk calendar.

Once home I received the very exciting news that I ranked #37 overall demo out of all the demonstrators in the UK! How chuffed and gobsmacked was I!

BUT that’s not the most exciting bit of news I have to tell you! Stampin’ Up! Have designed in partnership with leading demos from across be world the Stamparatus.

You may well ask the stamp-a-what? Well here it is…

Now I’m sure you’ve heard of other similar tools but I can tell you Stampin’ Up! have gone the extra mile over any other manufacturer with a unique design for this Stampin’ platform!

This product will change the way you stamp forever, you’ll soon wonder how you ever crafted without it!                                                                              So what are the benefits?

1). You can make multiples very quickly and very easily

2). You’ll get consistently crisp, clean stamped images

3). If your Image isn’t dark enough, you can re-ink and stamp again!

4). You’ll make fewer mistakes, and save time and money

5). You’ll be able to do 2-step, 3-step and 4-step stamping using the reversible plates. Clean up in one go at the end!

6). You’ll learn the art of hinged stamping with our easy system for getting all your images in a row and spaced evenly… it’s as easy as 1-2-3! You’ll be amazed by this!

7). It has two open sides to allow for larger sized cardstock

This video shows you everything this fantastic new tool has to offer!

The STAMPARATUS will be available to pre-order between 16th – 30th November 2017, for delivery on or around 1st February 2018 – this applies to customers and demonstrators!

If you miss this pre-order slot, you’ll be able to pre-order during 5th – 30th December 2017 for delivery from 19th March 2018.                                                                              The third and final slot will be 15th – 30th January 2018 for delivery on or around 15th April 2018.

After that, it will be available as normal in the 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalogue.

If you’d like to be amongst the first to receive one of these, visit my Stampin’ Up!                                                                                                          you will see a link for the STAMPARATUS pre-order.  Follow the link and place your pre-order.

Once your STAMPARATUS has been received in the warehouse you will receive a notification and you can then confirm your order.                                                                              It’s at this time you will be required to pay, not before (note you will need to input your card details to pre order).

The good news is that at this point you can add to your order which is wonderful news as during January, February and March for every £45 order you get to pick an exclusive free product. The Stamparatus is £44 so one extra item and you get a freebie!

Well I’ve probably overloaded you with information but just so you know pre order slot opens tomorrow and spaces are limited…. ready, steady GO!

I’ll be back soon to share some more exciting news….

Gillian x