Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Introducing the Stamparatus! A New Way to Stamp from Stampin' Up!




So yesterday Stampin' Up! announced one of the most exciting new products I've seen for years. This has been several years in the making (and I was lucky enough to be involved in the project team working to brainstorm product ideas from which the Stamparatus was born!). This is such a great new positioning tool!

To get an idea of what the tool does check out this video from Stampin' Up! Head Office:



 The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you ever crafted without it! 

So, why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialised stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

More product details!
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–£44.00
This tool is so brand new it is actually going to be made to order. So for the first time Stampin' Up! are offering 'reservation windows'. The first of which opens on November 16th until the 30th November (with delivery on or around 1 February 2018). The reservation window opens at 9:00 p.m. (GMT) on 16 November and you can reserve your fab new Stamparatus by clicking here!

For the full Q&A check out the FAQs from Stampin' Up! Head Office below.

Happy Stamping!

Sarah
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Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all areas?

A: Yes.
RESERVATION WINDOWSAVAILABLE TO SHIP
16–30 November 2017Approx. 1 February 2018
5–30 December 2017Approx. 19 March 2018
15–30 January 2018Approx. 15 April 2018

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers.

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. You will be billed when you finalise and close your order.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. At this time you will pay for and finalise your order.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address when I open my shopping bag to complete my order? A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalogue?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalogue ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?
A: Indefinitely - as long as you don't delete it!  As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand. 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Christmas Mini Pizza Box and Shrink Plastic Necklace from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Saturday Crafters.

How has September been for you? Are you enjoying all the Christmas craftiness in the new Autumn Winter catalogue? I am really enjoying the products this year.  I love playing with the new stamps and seeing all the makes on Pinterest that people are creating with them.


Another of the projects we created at my August Craft Day was a Mini Pizza Box (have you seen these? They are foodsafe and perfect for packaging treats for Christmas) with a Christmas Charm Necklace inside.

We decorated the outside with a belly band created with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper and layered with images cut using the Santa's Sleigh Dies and Red Glimmer Paper and Garden Green DSP. We added embellishments from the Hearts & Stars Elements pack and a length of Cherry Cobbler Ribbon.


Inside the box was a separate project we created, a Christmas necklace with handmade paper beads and a charm stamped with Shrink Plastic.  I used this tutorial to try making different shapes of beads. We glazed with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for a bit of shimmer. For my two sample necklaces I stamped images from the Santa's Sleigh Stamp Set in Staz On on to clear shrink plastic. I then cut around the image and used my heat tool to shrink the image. I then coloured with alcohol markers to ensure the colours would stay on the plastic.



These would make a great table place setting or extra little gift for a friend. It was a really enjoyable project to make and it went down well with my attendees on the day. I haven't crafted with shrink plastic for years and had forgotten the simple enjoyment of making the image shrink down and creating the little charms.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Friday, 1 September 2017

It is Autumn Winter Catalogue Day


So today is another of my favourite days in the Stampin' Up! year- the new Autumn Winter catalogue is live today! Crafting for Christmas is the best kind of crafting in this house. I love changing my colour palette to reds and greens and coming up with new gift boxes and card ideas. And of course I can add sparkle to everything!

To see whats new you can check out the catalogue pdf here or pop over to my online store here. If you'd like your own paper copy of the catalogue then just drop me an email on poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily pop one in the post for you.

And as if new catalogue loveliness wasn't enough. Stampin' Up! have also announced a fabulous new Hostess promotion for September and October. If you host a party with £250+ sales you will receive the exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set for free.
To see more about this exclusive host set watch the great promo video from Stampin' Up! HQ:


And finally for this fabulous new crafty day I thought I would share one of the fabulous new Stampin' Up! Thinlit sets- the Trim Your Stockings Thinlits Dies. These dies also come as part of the Tags and Trimmings Bundle. These dies have 19 elements to make this gorgeous little pillow box stocking project. I love all the extra little embellishments that come with the dies including the trim die and the snowflake (as well as holly, hearts, tags and a bell die too). The box is so simple to put together and could be used for table decorations or place settings or even a homemade advent calendar!


This shows the reverse of the box and how it attaches to the stocking.


I'd love to help you earn the fabulous free stamp set during September or October. So drop me a line to book your Christmas or Halloween themed party. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Monday, 21 August 2017

A Carols of Christmas Flip Frame Tutorial from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Good morning lovely crafters.


What a fabulously Stampin' Up! weekend I have just had. A perfect example of why I love Stampin' Up! so much. I shared a whole day of crafting and fun with 14 lovely crafty friends on Saturday for my 7th annual Christmas Craft Day and then my fellow Stampin' Up! Demo friend Katie brought her gorgeous family to visit Saturday night and we shared a fun filled day with our families yesterday. This is why Stampin' Up! has made such a difference to me. I have made so many new friends and get to share crafting with likeminded lovely people.


And on the theme of sharing I have one of our crafty projects from Saturday to share with you today. Such a simple project to make and could so easily be personalised to your own colours or stamp preferences. I themed this project mainly around the fabulous Carols of Christmas Bundle available to purchase exclusively this month before the launch of the new Autumn Winter Catalogue next month.

For this project I purchased the Tolsby Frames from Ikea. They are designed for two 4"x6" photos. However, if you take out the plastic inserts they are a perfect stand to make this flip frame home decor project.

Once the frame is assembled we started by attaching the two hinged rings to the top of the frame. You can then hang your pages as you go.


It is then as simple as making as many inserts as you would like for your flip element. On Saturday we made 8 pages (4 double sided mini layouts). I made each card base 9cm x 13cm so they fitted easily within the centre of the frame with enough room to flip easily.

Here are the pages we made using the Carols of Christmas Bundle (and a few new catalogue sneak peeks!):









This project would be perfect for a flip advent calendar or a project to match your Christmas colour theme for the year. It is super simple and can be as detailed and embellished as you like.

I used a whole selection of added embellishments to give dimension and texture to my pages including the Hearts and Stars Elements, Basic Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds and Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon.  Also I used Christmas Pines stamp set for added sentiments and stamping (as well as some soon to be released new products too).

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Monday, 31 July 2017

A masked Beautiful You Birthday Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Monday Crafty Friends. How has your weekend been? I've been super busy making samples and prepping for my big Christmas Craft Day in a couple of weeks.  Yesterday I cut 2448 one inch square paper pieces. To see what we will be making with these squares pop back later in the month and I will share all our Christmas in August projects (and I might even have a few sneak peeks of the new Autumn Winter catalogue too!).

Today I have another Beautiful You share. I adore this stamp set and its versatility. This card was inspired by a greetings card I saw on Pinterest. It uses masking (created with a Post-It) to cover the lady and stamp the background sentiment repeatedly down the card with the one contrasting coloured sentiment to highlight the birthday greeting.


The colour scheme for this card is Rose Red and Basic Grey. I don't often think to stamp with a grey ink pad. But i was super happy with this effect.

To finish the card I added Glitter Enamel Dots and Clear Faceted Gems. I could add these to every project I make as I love an extra bit of sparkle.



Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Beautiful You Hostess Club Gift from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Good morning crafters.

How is your month going? Have you been getting lots of lovely crafting done? I am busy getting projects ready for my big Christmas Crafting Day next month. It is only 9.40am and I've been busy with paper beads and shrink plastic. All to be revealed very soon. I still have a few places available for the day on August 19th. So if you live local to the Isle of Wight and fancy a fun day of Christmas making then get in touch on poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk.

Today's crafty make is a project I made for my lovely Hostess Club ladies. I always like to make a little something to pop in the envelopes with the monthly orders so I am always on the lookout for new and interesting things I could make. I came across these fab little books of post in notes in Flying Tiger. I used the Beautiful You stamp set with paper pieced Designer Series Paper to create these cute little gifts.


Here is what each book contained. Lots of pages of different coloured and sized Post-Its.

If you'd like to join one of my Monthly Clubs I have spaces available. You get a handmade little extra each month as well as copies of catalogues and advance info on all upcoming specials from Stampin' Up! You just need to place a £15+ order each month for 10 months and one month you will be the hostess and receive the rewards for the months orders. It is a fun and easy way to build up your Stampin' Up! stash with lovely extras thrown in too. If you'd like more info please pop me  a line on poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Monday, 26 June 2017

A Floral Statement Hello from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Hello crafty lovelies.

How are you doing? Have you been getting much crafting done in this lovely weather we've been having? I've been enjoying the long summer evenings with my cross stitch. My girls bought Sam a fire pit for Father's Day so we've been enjoying sitting outside around the fire and the light nights are perfect for making progress on my hare and the moonlight big stitch.

I've also been busy on the Stampin' Up! front. This past weekend Demonstrators up and down the country were all doing their bit towards the Birthday Wishes Challenge. Over two weekends this year Stampin' Up! are looking to make 10,000 cards to donate to their partnered charity, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  I asked ladies at my events on Friday and Saturday to make extras to donate to the Challenge and between us all we managed to make a fab 45 cards. They've all been packaged and posted to Stampin' Up! UK HQ today.

When I first saw the new Stampin' Up! catalogue I was immediately taken with the Floral Statements stamps. I love the boldness of the sentiment and the flexibility of the colour scheme. The flowers can be coloured to suit any occasion. I chose this stamp set as the focus for my recent new catalogue parties.  I partnered the stamps with our new 2017-2019 In Colours. I am addicted to all things Lemon Lime Twist.


Once we stamped the images in Memento Black we used Blender Pens with Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink to colour the floral detailing. To finish we added Clear Wink of Stella over the top of the flowers to give a little shimmery sparkle. The image was then layered over In Colour cardstock to compliment the coloured images.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Monday, 12 June 2017

Christmas Craft Day August 19th 2017

Yes, you see correctly, I am thinking about Christmas already! It is time to announce details of my annual Christmas Craft Day. A full day of fun, craftiness and seasonal festiveness. What better way to kick start your festive makings for the year.

This year I have a lovely selection of projects lined up for you including festive paper pinecones, a flip frame Advent Calendar, a special gift box for hidden treats as well as a folder to house Christmas cards and matching tags. And all this making runs alongside a fun Stampin' Up! product raffle, giveaways, on the day incentives and the usual fun, chat and festivities.

The day costs £25 which includes £15 of Stampin' Up! papercrafting products. You will just need to bring your own lunch (tea/coffee/squash and cake/biscuits will be provided) and your own adhesives and basic tool kit.

I have limited spaces available and the final day for booking is July 28th.

For more info please get in touch on poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk or 07830 343830.

Or book direct using the Paypal button below:


Full instructions will be provided for all projects and all papercrafting abilities are welcome. I'd love for you to join me at the Compass Room, Gurnard Pines to start the fun of Christmas Crafting!

-XXX-

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The new Stampin' Up! catalogue is launched today!

A very happy June 1st to you! It is new catalogue day. Possibly the most exciting day of the Stampin' Up! year. And here it is. Click on the image below to connect to an online version of the catalogue. If you'd like your own copy in your hands to read then drop me a line on poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily get one out to you.


 You can also view all the new products online using my shop link:

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There are so many lovely new items to feast your eyes on. My purse is groaning just at the thought of the HUGE long list of items on my 'must have' list. But my favourite....... the new Stampin' Up! planner.  I love stationery and planning and writing lists so this new product is perfect for me. And apparently two of my customers too as I've sold three already this morning and the catalogue has only been live for a few hours. Click on the picture below to link straight through to the product to find out more:


Also, to see the Love Today planner in action you can check out this fab video from Stampin' Up! HQ:



Please get in touch if you'd like a copy of the new catalogue or if you'd like to book a party to celebrate the launch of all the new lovely craftiness.

-XX-

Monday, 15 May 2017

A Sneak Peek New Catalogue Floral Pop Up Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Monday Crafters.

How was your weekend? I'd like to say I was hugely crafty and productive. But that is not the case. It was more a snuggle under a duvet and cross stitch kind of weekend. I did, however, manage to make a very special card for a very special friend who is currently in hospital.  Have you seen this video? It keeps popping up on my timeline on Facebook. Such a simple but effective idea. I knew it would be perfect to take to my friend in hospital as actual flowers aren't allowed on the ward.

Here is the card I made:


I used a gorgeous new stamp set from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue called Happy Birthday Gorgeous to create the floral background and the sentiment is from Beautiful You.

You open the card and here are the flowers inside. I created these using 6" square pieces of DSP from my piles of retiring papers. They pop right up out of the card. It is super effective (and hard to capture in a static photo). My lovely friend was a joy to see today and I'm glad my card could bring her a little floral sunshine to her bedside table.


If you'd like your own copy of our upcoming catalogue please let me know and I'll pop one in the post to you. And please pop on over to my online store to see all the fabulous discounted product on the retiring list (only available until May 31st).

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Early Release


Happy May lovely crafty friends.

And to celebrate the start of a new month Stampin' Up! have given us a sneak peek of one of the new catalogue suites a whole month early! These fab bundles are only available for this month and come with lovely free gift extras too .;0)

I wasn't taken with the suite at first even though I absolutely ADORED the new In Colours featured in the suite- Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide. However, I found this suite of products an absolute delight to stamp with. Once I got going cutting and creating medallions and stamped greetings I was in my element. I haven't used my Big Shot in quite a while so I merrily sat trying all the different combinations of medallion.

Here is what I came up with.


I created the little holder for the card set using the Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper and added a medallion cut from Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim cardstock. I finish I added one of the gorgeous Vinyl Stickers and a Gold Tassel (only available in the Premier Bundle).

I had fun using the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set with the coordinating Designer Series Paper to create the different card designs and patterns. I just love the simplicity of stamping and using the stamps for colouring. I cannot recommend this stamp set any more highly as I just love playing with the patterns and adding stamped details.


Details on the two bundles of products can be found below or click on the image to be connected through to my Online Store. The Hostess Club code for the month is MUYACK6W. If you use this code to order online you will receive a lovely handmade gift from me in the post next month ;)


 Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A Jar of Love Silhouette Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Saturday crafters.

I have a huge task ahead of me today. I have cleared my schedule and I have the Stampin' Up! Retiring List ready in front of me. I am going to tackle my piles of stamps, embellishments, papers and dies and sort out those that are retiring from those that will be carrying over in to the new Stampin' Up! catalogue (which I've had a peek at and is overflowing with loveliness!). I love this time of year, making way for lots of new crafty fabulousness. If you'd like to have a look at the items that are on the retiring list click on the picture below (only available until May 31st).



Today's crafty share is a card I created using my Jar of Love stamp set. I often overlook this set when I am sitting down to craft but when I had a look at some of the smaller images I realised they'd make a perfect silhouette layered over one another. 


I started by punching a circle from a Post-It to create a mask. I then used So Saffron ink with a sponge dauber to ink the circle in the background. Then I simply layered the Jar of Love elements in Memento Black ink over the top. Adding the greeting last.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-

If you are placing an order during April (and your order is under £150 as you will qualify for your own rewards if the order goes above this amount) please use the hostess code ZBACWNNR and you will receive a special gift from me in June.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Stampin' Up! 2017 Retiring Products List is Live


Hello fellow Stampin' Up!-ers.

The Retiring Products list for 2017 is live. Click on the photo above to be connected to my online shop where you can see all the products that will be retiring.

All the retiring products are only available until 31st May or until stocks run out. Historically items sell out very fast from this list so don't wait if there are any must have items on there. And also this is your last chance to get your hands on the 2015-2017 In Colors (Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder).




If you place an order using my special Retiring List Hostess Code ZBACWNNR you will also get a special gift in the post from me in June once the new catalogue is released (I will be sharing all the hostess rewards for the order amongst all customers who order using the code). This will come beautifully packaged as a crafty summery surprise during June.

Please get in touch if you have any questions and I'll be more than happy to help.

-XXX-

If you are placing an order during April (and your order is under £150 as you will qualify for your own rewards if the order goes above this amount) please use the hostess code ZBACWNNR and you will receive a special gift from me in June.

Monday, 10 April 2017

A Love Sparkles Watercoloured Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton




Good morning crafters and a very happy Monday to you.

How was your weekend? I hope it was as beautiful and sunny as it was here on the Isle of Wight. I had a lovely weekend catching up with an old travelling friend who was visiting the UK from Australia. I gave her a whistle stop tour around the island. My girls loved finding out more about Australia and asked a lot of questions about kangaroos.

Today's crafty pair of cards were inspired by a masked card I'd seen on Pinterest. I'd been having a play with different masking techniques and I loved the simplicity of layering these Love Sparkles hearts using a Post-It note mask to give the added dimension.

Once I stamped the top row of hearts in Memento Black I then masked and added the background hearts. Once stamped I then coloured with Watercolour Pencils and blended with my Blender Pens.


To give a little added sparkle I added a thin strip of Glimmer Paper either side of the hearts.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love the opportunity to demonstrate for you and your friends at a crafty party. As the hostess you earn exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too. No crafting experience necessary! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-XXX-