…and we’re off!!

I’m so excited!!! I’m writing this on the plane en route to Birmingham… that in itself probably sounds rather dull BUT I’m travelling ON STAGE which is Stampin’ Up’s convention. This happens twice a year in April’s and again in November. 

I’ve come armed with 73 swaps so hope to takeaway 73 new ideas, a gift for my upline and one for my downline. This is the first time I’ve attended an event accompanied one of my own downline so it’s doubly exciting! 

I’ve seen a few sneak peeks of our attendee goody bag oh facebook. There s ems to be mixed feelings about it but I think it looks fab!

Besides meeting all the other demos I know the highlight of the weekend will definitely be getting my sticky paws on the new spring and summer catalogue and of course seeing what Sale-a-bration 2018 has to offer, I’m hoping for great things as next year is Stampin’ Up’s 30th anniversary! It’s also my 5th anniversary with the company next october!
Well I started writing it in th plane. I’m signing off in my hotel room. Knackered time for bed. 
Night night peeps xxx

Night in Bethlehem

Often we get caught up in all the festivities, eating drinking, giving and receiving of gifts and often we forget the real reason for Christmas. That night long ago in Bethlehem….

I always like to buy a new ‘reason for the season’ set and this year Stampin’ Up haven’t let me down. The Night in Bethlehem bundle is simply beautiful.

Tonight I used it to create a beautiful shadow box card for my class.

I love the clean crisp lines of whisper white and night of navy, and whilst this might look complicated to create it really is such a simple card once you’ve worked out the base. 

The star is silver foil and three front tie of building are raised on dimensionals. 

I used silver embossing for the sentiment. 

This is not just a Christmas card it’s a beautiful keepsake that can be displayed for many years to come. 

If you would like the instructions to make this card I’m giving them away free with orders of the bundle or for £3.50 to receive a PDF tutorial featuring a photograph and text step by step guide including all measurements and supplies you need to make you’re own.  Just leave me a comment if you would like to receive this tutorial. 

I can’t wait to get some time to design more cards with this bundle but that will have to wait until next week as I’m getting ready for Stampin’ Up! Onstage event at the weekend…. excited!! 

Catch up soon, God Bless you this holiday season and all year round!
Gillian x

Hello November, it’s been a while…

Hello crafty friends, 

I hope you are all well and managed to bag some of the special offers Stampin’ Up! had available last month. 

I’ve no freebies from Stampin’ Up! This month but I do have other really exciting news…
 Today 1st November 2017, Stampin’ Up! launch their new alcohol markers (drumroll please)


Check out the flyer here: Stampin’ Blends Catalogue

Stampin’ Blends Flyer
 Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, dual-tip markers which come in twelve exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours. 

They each have a light and a dark shade, which will give you the utmost blending experience!

To help you get started, we’re also happy to introduce the Colour Me Happy Project Kit and coordinating stamp, which include beautiful line-art imagery that will give you ample opportunity to test these markers’ superior blending abilities. 
You’ll see that you don’t have to be a Van Gogh to achieve great results with these products!
Would you like to know more about our alcohol markers? If so watch this YouTube video Basics of Blending by Stampin’ Up!

Basics of Stampin’ Blends

If you are ordering from me online this month and your order is under £150 please use the hostess code below. You will get a little surprise from me at the end of the month!
If you are ordering over £150 you are the hostess and get all the benefits for yourself. 


November classes are on the following dates:
Friday 3rd November 2pm

Sunday 5th November 12 noon (hearts come home project class)

Tuesday 7th November 7pm

Tuesday 21st November 7pm

Friday 24th November 2pm

Saturday 25th November (various times at Grandshaw Presbyterian Church, Comber)

Sunday 26th November at 1pm (project class) 
Please contact me ASAP if you’d like to book yourself a space.


This is one of the cards we made during one of the October crafting sessions… 


 I’m very excited to be going to Stampin’ Up! On stage event in Solihull next weekend… apart from all the swaps and crafting fun we get a sneak peek at products from the next catalogue…. eeeek.
That’s all for now. Happy crafting!
Gillian ❤️

In the City

Recently I moved house… not to the city but out into the country and I’m loving country living. A few weeks before my move my sister also moved house… she didn’t move far literally across the road maybe 20 feet away!!

I went to visit my sisters new home at the weekend and of course I couldn’t go empty handed. I made a beautiful family tree picture for her new home. 

Of course I needed a card as well and as time was running short I went to Pinterest for inspiration and in fact found the exact card I wanted. It’s was created by another incredible Uk demonstrator Mikaela Titheridge, here’s the link to her blog : https://thecraftyoinkpen.co.uk/2017/06/stampin-creative-team-make-card-send-card.html

And here’s my card it’s not too often I do an exact case but I fell in love with this one and only altered the sentiment.  Don’t you just love soft sky and lemon lime twist together? 

I love the simplicity of the front and the white space and the fact that there is more detail inside. 

Anyway my sister and her family loved their gift and card as much as I enjoyed making them. 

Keep crafting 
Gillian x

It’s the little things…

How often whilst we are waiting for that BIG moment do we miss the little moments?

The little things that pass by unnoticed and then suddenly looking back we realise all those little things that in the moment passed us by without realising…

Like me and my children, sometimes we are so busy being Mummy the time just passes and before we know it are babies are grown.

My son barely pauses for a photo with his old mum anymore but I managed to capture one this week at my awards ceremony… doesn’t he look wonderful…

And my daughter seemed to suddenly changed from my inquisitive little princess into a young lady… how did that happen? Did I fall asleep? 

To get them both in the same photograph is like catching a flying pig, so I’m honoured!

When I was trying to think of a name for this wee craft thing I’ve got going on, all these jumbled thoughts were in my mind and I realised that all the BIG moments in life are made up by all the little things. Little things matter and I love making little things and sharing little things that might just bring a smile to someone’s face, or comfort when they need it.

I still love what I do, I love to share what I do and I love to just stop and take notice of all the little things and enjoy them before they are gone forever…
Happy weekend peeps ❤️

Love came down at Christmas

So love came down at Christmas and all hearts come home for Christmas. 

I told you about the project class I did on Friday using this set from Stampin’ Up! but I haven’t shared any of the projects with you yet, but I thought I would do that today!

This was one of my favourite, I love the luxury of silver foil and the added WOW of the Tibetan silver snowflake charm. 

Of course Christmas requires glitter so there is a light scattering along the bottom of the buildings. 

For anyone buying the bundle from me this month you will receive a lovely gift from me in the post so click the shop button above! 

Anyway drop by later for a free tutorial, just a little thank you from me to you. 

God bless
Gillian x

Northern Belles 

Yesterday we held our first Northern Belles get together in Belfast #creativityinNorthernIreland.

This was an event organised by Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in Northern Ireland for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

For our debut event we met at the Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast and we had guest speaker Paula Gorry the Stampin’ Up! UK business development manager who gave a motivating talk about self belief and told us about her personal journey. 

We had groups activities, make and takes, inspiration stations and swaps. I’m honoured to have been part of the organising committee and a demonstrator panel… I even managed to speak in front of a room feel of people! 

It was great to have two of downline with me, Carol and Louise. Carol even brought another friend Carole who isn’t a demonstrator (yet)! 

The lovely Helen who is is in the same downline team as me was also there. 

(L-R Helen, Carol, Me, Carole and Louise)

It really was a fun filled day! My lovely friend Lilian and I co ordinated one of the make and takes and we made a beautiful box using the Christmas Carols suite. It was a real hit! 

(L-R Jeanette, Lilian, Me, Clare and Lyris)

Below is the beautiful box we showcased, full design credit to Lilian @craicandcrafting. 

These events and others like it are such a big part of the Stampin’ Up! Community. If you would like to join the fun and my stampin’ Up family please get in touch. I would love to welcome you and share creativity with you ❤️

Until next time, keep crafting!

Love Gillian x