Big Shot, classic label punch, glimmer paper, Old Olive, ready for christmas, Real Red, Uncategorized

One Christmas Tree, 3 looks!

One of the things I love about creative people is that everyone has their own style. Out of my crafting friends I can usually pick out their work.

With this in mind I thought it would be fun to show you three cards using the same bundle but all with different styles! I would LOVE to know which one is your favourite!

All three cards were made using the Ready For Christmas Bundle

I focused on the tree.



For this simple card I stamped Very Vanilla card stock in black using the Sheet Music background stamp and added Red Glimmer Paper die cut accents.


This contemporary look was achieved with Silver Glimmer paper and Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper.


This uses Garden Green and Real Red for a more traditional feel.

I would LOVE to know which one is your favourite!

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Would you like a discount on the supplies used today?

Esther xx


Big Shot, dragonfly dreams, hardwood stamp, Island Indigo, tranquil tide, Uncategorized

Happy birthday, Mum.

I’ll start with a little confession. I used A LOT of supplies on this project!

When you make your Mum a card you want to make sure it’s special and I got carried away with sparkle and pretty things. Usually I like to demonstrate how much you can do with very little Stampin’ Up! supplies (because it’s true) but we all get a little carried away at times 🙂

The main focus of the card is the beautiful dragonfly.  Island Indigo and Tranquil Tide remind me of the jewel like colours that dragonflies have so they were the perfect choice.


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Esther xx

Big Shot, brick wall textured embossing folder, Duet banner punch., Smoky Slate, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Happy Home

Hi all

I’m bidding a fond farewell to one of my favourite stamp sets, Happy Home, with today’s project. It’s retiring at the end of the month but it’s still available in my online store both as a stamp set on it’s own or as a bundle price with the Hearth and Home framelits. You’ll save 15% on the total price if you purchase the bundle.

I made a birthday card for a male friend, you could easily make it more feminine by adding some ribbon or flowers.
The banner shape is a sneak peek 🙂 it’s coming very soon! The new catalogue launches 1 June and I’ll be adding the link on here but if you’d like me to send you a paper copy just let me know and I’ll mail one out to you.
Esther xx

Big Shot, Bloomin' Love, calypso coral, night of navy, sahara sand. something borrowed DSP

My Friend – #GDP033

Hi all

Global Design Project #033 | Colour Challenge

Time for a challenge! I was really excited to see the colours chosen for the challenge on Global Design Project this week and couldn’t resist joining in.

It’s such a sophisticated combination. These colours would suit male and female projects and any occasion so of you’re just starting out on a stamping journey these would be great to add to your collection.
I used the Bloomin’ Love bundle in my project which you’ll actually find in the Stampin’ Up! retiring section. The good news is that it’s not actually retiring (phew!) it’s the bundle price that’s retiring and you can currently enjoy 15% off the stamp set and coordinating die set when purchased together.
Price now: £31.25
Price from 1 June: £37
Esther xx

Big Shot, blackberry bliss inkpad, hello you thinlits, wink of stella

Flowering Fields Sketch challenge for #GDP026

Hi all

I’m back with a sketch challenge! These are always a joy to take part in and also great to see all the beautiful projects other people come up with too.

Global Design Project #026/ Sketch Challenge

I used the Hello You Thinlits dies for the sentiment which I layered up to create a more 3D effect.
The DSP layer is offset to show the Basic Black underneath.
Here’s how to make it:
  1. Basic Black A4 cut in half length ways (at 10.5cm) and scored at 14.9cm
  2. Whipser White layer 14.9cm x 9.5cm
  3. 2 strips of Bohemian DSP 1.5cm x 14.9cm
  4. Adhere the 2 strips of DSP to Basic Black Card base
  5. Stamp Flowering Fields in Blackberry Bliss, colour flowers with Delightful Dijon marker and the leaves with Gold Wink of Stella
  6. Cut 4x Basic Black Hello sentiment and 1x Bohemian DSP using Big Shot
  7. Adhere layers using Tombo and glue onto stamped layer
  8. Attach the stamped layer with dimensionals.
Flowering Fields is part of the Sale-A-Bration offering and FREE until the end of the month with a £45 purchase!
Big Shot, Happy home, melon mambo, mossy meadow

Stampin’ Up! It’s a good day, training fun!

Hi all

I had a great day today at a Stampin’ Up! training event yesterday organised by my upline Fiona and Pip for our respective teams.

These events are always super fun because you craft with your buddies and play with all the new things that have come out 🙂

As some of you already know, it is customary to ‘swap’ at any SU gathering. This means making a card front or 3d project that you then swap with the other demo’s meaning you come home with lots of their swaps which equals lots of ideas and inspiration!

Here’s mine

I made no secret of the fact that I loved the Hearth and Home framelits at Christmas and was so happy to see they made another stamp set to match it for the Spring/Summer catalogue. You can get them both at a bundle price too if you haven’t already purchased the dies, saving you 15%. 
To me it looks like just the kind of view you want to find outside your window, with the lovely blue sky which I am not seeing outside my window today!
I created the ‘sky’ and ‘grass’ by sponging the whisper white card after I had stamped the image. I wanted I mottled look which was easily achieved with the sponging.
I squeezed the Mossy Meadow inkpad (when shut) which gave enough ink in the lid to water colour the tree. Some of the Early Espresso from the tree mixed in with the green but I rather like that as it gives dimension to the image.
I’ll be posting pictures of the swaps I received, so be sure to check back for those.
If you have any questions do let me know and if you’d like to be part of the fun, this is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!
During Sale-a-Bration you can choose £160 of SU products for only £99 AND receive discounts on your orders AND join in special demonstrator only events. Join during January and receive all the benefits until the end of June!
Esther xx

Big Shot, number of years bundle, Spring/Summer catalogue

The new Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer catalogue has launched today!

Hi all and a very happy New Year!

You may not recognise the stamps and dies used to make the New Year card above and that’s because they are from the BRAND NEW Spring/Summer catalogue, launched today! Exciting, right? 
I love Christmas but it’s always refreshing to head into spring crafting with all the beautiful colours. 
Scroll down for the ingredients list for the card. But for now, let’s talk new catalogue AND Sale-A-Bration.  SAB for short.
If you haven’t heard of SAB before you are going to love it because it means FREE stuff, yay! For every £45 you spend in any SU catalogue you can choose a free item from the SAB brochure.
We also have fantastic joining and hosting offers.

To view online:

Shop – We have a fantastic line-up of FREE goodies to choose for EVERY £45 you spend across the current catalogues.

Join – Join Stampin’ Up! during SAB (5 January-31 March 2016) and you can choose £160 of products for only £99! 
Contact me for more details or visit the website
Host – Need another excuse to get together with friends? Just host a qualifying party during Sale-A-Bration and earn £20 more Stampin’ Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards towards your Starter Kit.

If you would prefer a paper copy of the catalogue, let me know and I’ll get one out to you. As ever, don’t hesitate to ask if there’s anything I can help with.

Esther xx

Big Shot, Early Espresso, Happy Scenes, itty bitty accents punch pack, Stampin' Up! Autumn Winter 2015/2016 cherry cobbler

Spotlight on Christmas and Sneak Peeks – week 1

Hi all

The Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue launch is only 3 weeks and 1 day away! It launches on the 1st of September and you are all going to love it!

It’s never too early to start planning your Christmas projects. So whether your thing is gift packaging, memory keeping, home decor, card making or all of them! There is something to get you excited in the seasonal catalogue.

So let’s dive in with the first of 3 projects I’ll be sharing with you over the next three weeks.

Today’s project features the Happy Scenes Stamp set and Hearth & Home framelits. With this beautiful window die you can create endless wonderful scenes. My card isn’t strictly Christmas which I think shows it’s versatility as a stamp set to use year round.  It’s available as a bundle price saving you 15% when you purchase the stamp set and dies so be sure to look out for these deals throughout the catalogue when it launches.

Bundle price £31.25 item number 140853

These products were used in addition to the stamp set and dies above.

If you would like me to send you a catalogue I’d be happy to do so.

Esther xx

Big Shot, build a birthday, Circles framelits, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, file tabs, Smoky Slate, Watermelon Wonder

Teenage birthday wishes – Stampin’ Up!

Hi all

Can’t believe that my little Nephew (who is in fact taller than me!) is going to be 13 this week. Obviously that calls for a card. He always opens his cards from me with a ‘I hope this is handmade’ Well of course!

Here’s how to make it:
  • Create a standard A6 card from Smoky Slate card 
  • Score the front panel in half and fold back, creasing the fold with a bone folder
  • Cut a piece of DSP to fit the front panel then use the other side for the inside of the card 10×14.5cm
  • Cut 2 circles using circles framelits one from Whisper White and the other Bermuda Bay
  • Stamp candles in Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush then the flame in Daffodil delight. I find using a piercing mat under your card will give a sharper stamped image when working with photopolymer stamps.
  • Cut the 13 from Cucumber Crush using File Tabs die and glue with fine line of Multi Purpose Liquid Glue
  • Put Glue on Bermuda Bay circle on half the circle and glue to front panel
  • Add the stamped circle with dimensionals
  • Stamp Birthday Wishes in Cucumber Crush trim to size and create fishtail ends with Paper Snips, adhere to stamped image with dimensionals

I glued a piece of Whisper white on the back to add my message and stamped greeting.
Esther xx

baby's first, Big Shot, magnetic platform, Mint Macaron, something for baby, whisper white

Stampin’ Up! magnetic platform – video tutorial

Hi all

My first video! The magnetic platform is just £25.30 this week but the bonus deals do have limited supplies. Price will go back up to £36 next Wednesday 15 July.

Here’s what I used, and thanks for stopping by.

Esther xx