Hello January!

Hello Crafters,

I hope Christmas and the New Year have been good for you and yours, I apologise I haven’t been on here in a few weeks, I’ve been manic between Christmas orders, shopping, accidents… you name it!

Anyway no better time of the Stampin’ Up! Year to be back,  the new catalogue has launched and it’s got some lovely products as always.  Better than that though is the launch of the 2018 Sale a bration (SAB).  If you aren’t already familiar with sab you are in for a treat.  For every £45 you spend on any products you get to select an exclusive gift for FREE!!

I had my launch last week and had some fabulous feedback from attendees. We did a simpler make and take using one of the free sets, Heartfelt Wishes… I originally skimmed past this in the catalogue but now I’ve used it i’m in love! The detail that stampin up have managed to get in this one step stamp is amazing… see for yourself….


This was such a quick and simple card to make and the colour combinations are truly limitless with our wide selection of colours.

I introduced you to this wee guy before Christmas but this is him again. The party panda, he is just so cute.  I’ve teamed him in this card with one of the foiled papers from Painted with love designer series paper and some gold foil for a really quick and easy Valentine card. This set is also one of the FREE sets!

I think one of my favourite sets in the new CAtalogue is the Myths and Magic suite… mermaids, unicorns, dragons, knights and wizards…. and sparkle!  I teamed this with the labeller alphabet from the main catalogue.  The little unicorn is coloured with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and then washed with wink of stella, because a girl can never have too much glitter!


I’m so excited to share more products and projects with you in the coming days and weeks.  If you haven’t got a catalogue and would like one please just let me know and I’ll get one in the post to you right away.

Thanks for dropping by!



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!

Black Friday starts early

Quick head on over to my shop for 20% off select stamp sets and many more offers!!

Don’t hang around these are fabulous offers so they won’t last long!!

Oh the joy craft stuff with money off… which means more money for more craft stuff!

Happy days!!

I’m off to shop!

Love Gillian x