Hearts Come Home – Picture

Hi all

I have a piece of home decor for you all today! The Hearts Come Home bundle is SO versatile for many crafting projects and I just had to make a cute little picture with it.


There’s even a die to make tags, you can see it top right on the image above. You can use the houses individually, cut them up or make an entire village!

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I used an Ikea Tysslinge picture frame and it’s quite teeny! 8x9cm to be exact. As you can see I took just one house and tree, cut it 3 times in Real Red, Whisper White and Dapper Denim and paper pieced it to create a multi coloured image. Some Daffodil Delight was glued to the back to create a ‘glow’ in the windows. The tree was cut from Emerald Envy and Early Espresso with a Daffodil Delight star to top it off. The photo doesn’t show it well but I added some sparkle using Wink of Stella.


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Fancy Fold with Memory & More cards

Just in case you didn’t know why Stampin’ Up! named their memory keeping system Memories & More I thought I’d illustrate it with a card! Cards are pretty much the best way to get most messages across of course 🙂


The Merry Little Christmas Memories & More pack includes:

72 Double sided cards

1 x card stock sticker sheet

1 Acetate sticker sheet

4 acetate card overlays

all for only £9.00!

We all want more bang for our buck and the coordination that Stampin’ Up! is renowned for and Memories & More is just perfect for both of those expectation. If you’re a scrapbooker you’ll do amazing layouts with them, or maybe your prefer a quick layout with the pocket system. You could even just add a pocket layout to your Love today Planner.

Those are the obvious so I wanted to think outside of the box a little.




Card recipe

Cut Old Olive card on the short side at 10.5cm (length ways)

Score at 7.5cm and 14.9cm

Stamp sentiment on Whisper White and leave to dry, archival ink has a longer dry time.

Take 2 small M&M cards and 1 large. You may need to take a couple of millimetres off the second smallest card. Trim the large card to 14.8cm x 9.9cm

Wrap ribbon around the second card, I adhered the bow separately with a glue dot.

Adhere all the cards to the base

Add wink of Stella to ornaments on big card, and number 25. Add one rhinestone to the sticker ornament.

Add rhinestones to some of the ornaments

Add  ornament  sticker to first card

If sentiment is dry punch out using 2 1/4 circle punch. Glue on and add holly sticker

Here’s all the supplies you’ll need

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Esther xx

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I love my job! #bts

I think we are all a little guilty of not counting our blessings from time to time, right? We can get caught up in the busyness of life and not take time to appreciate all that is good.

Today I’ve been reflecting on how much I love my job as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and thought I’d give you some behind the scenes of my day.

It started with the usual school run (we cycled) and I almost passed out, again. I will get fit, I will get fit. Quick trip to the supermarket on the way home then a couple of chores to finish before my ‘working day’ started.

But first, tea!


Do you love my pretty mug? We were given them at Onstage on Saturday, along with the pens that are perfect to use with my Love today planner 

I have many exciting plans using the gorgeous Spring/Summer catalogue and some changes to the way I do things that I’ll tell you all about soon!


I designed the cards we’ll be making for the Christmas Cheer Challenge, they are all super easy and perfect for quick stamping. Well, I have set a total target of 200 cards after all! Everyone that attends will receive:

Merry Mistletoe Stamp set
Be Merry Designer Series Paper
2 packs of notecards and envelopes enough to make 40 cards but I ask only for 10 on the day
Be Merry Cardstock Pack
Double-Stitched Ribbon
Metallic Enamel Shapes
All for only £45 – Contents are Worth £58

A great way to kick off your Christmas card making AND supporting a worthwhile cause!

Finally I’ve been busy spreading the word about the Stamparatus. Stampin’ Ups BRAND NEW precision stamping tool that will change the way you stamp for ever!


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

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

Okay, I’ve got to have one. how do I get in line?

Stampin’ Up! Are trying a new system for this exciting launch. Usually only demonstrators can take part in a pre-order but for the Stamparatus EVERYONE can part!


The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last only.
  • 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.


Head to my online store 9pm tomorrow (16 November) and reserve your Stamparatus! You won’t have to pay until it ships and you’ll also be able to add extra items to your order at that time.

I hope you had a good day too. If you would like to make crafting YOUR JOB and receive 20% off EVERY ORDER join my team today!


Esther xx

My team gift for Onstage – Christmas Bauble

I’m back from another amazing Onstage, Stampin’ Ups! twice yearly conference. Fun, friendship, inspiration, and playing with NEW goodies can always be guaranteed and I absolutely LOVE being a demonstrator.

I can’t show you new stuff yet but I would love to share the team gift I made and all the awesome gifts I got in return. Feeling very blessed indeed by all the care and thought my friends put into their crafty gifts.


Much excitement as we wait for the event to start!


With my lovely team leader, Fiona. Photobombed by the equally lovely Carol and Maggie!


The gifts and swaps I received


And this is the gift I made. I got plastic baubles from Amazon and also put some sweets and other gifts inside the bauble. The reverse of the image has gold foil embossed with softly falling embossing folder.

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Z fold Christmas card

Hi all

We are only days away from the end of the Merry Patterns FREE Hostess stamp set promotion! I’t s a pretty fancy stamp set so I thought it deserved a fancy fold!


It was a lot of fun to work with and the patterned pieces line up beautifully. To get your hands on it you need to host a party or put through any personal order of £250 or more. How about ordering some planners and kits for Christmas pressies and keep this free stamp set for yourself? Win Win!




Z Fold Christmas Card using FREE Merry Patterns stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Cut A4 Old Olive card (short side) at 10.5 cm
Score at 7.5cm and 14.9cm

Cut DSP at 7cmx10cm
Whisper white piece 14.4cm x 10cm
Whisper white strip 3cm x 21cm

Score Whisper white strip at 10.5cm & 15cm
Stamp sentiments in Memento black as shown, stamp patterned ‘Season’ stamp in Old Olive
Stamp 2 step deer in Memento Black and Old Olive on right of Whisper White insert piece.
Stamp sprigs on left of Whisper White insert piece.

Adhere DSP and Whisper White panels.
Add washi
Adhere white strip 17mm in
Add small tied piece of ribbon, adhere with glue dot.



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Esther xx
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Count my Blessings…

If you have ordered from me this month then you will get the card featured today! I always give a hand-stamped gift with every order and if you use the hostess code  D6TM2KT4 for online orders I will send you a little something from the catalogue!


My lovely Team Leader, Fiona, gave me the Count My Blessings stamp set as a gift and I am so thrilled with it, it’s absolutely stunning. Do you see the gorgeous colours on the flowers?? I coloured them with our BRAND NEW alcohol markers! They are launching on 1 November and you will LOVE them!

The finishing touch was a little Wink of Stella on the flowers which you can just about make out on the photo. In real life it’s beautiful and sparkly.
For this card shape, cut A4 card on the short side at 10.5cm and scored at 14.9cm. The Whisper White layer is 10cm x 14.4cm.
Blends are designed to work with Memento Ink and Whisper White Thick card stock.

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Would you like to win the WHOLE BLENDS collection? Stampin’ Up! are running an amazing competition on Facebook!
**STAMPIN’ BLENDS GIVEAWAY!** We’re celebrating the release of our new alcohol-based blending markers, Stampin’ Blends, by giving them to 101 lucky winners across participating Stampin’ Up! countries! (Please refer to the Official Rules to see the full list of participating countries.)

One grand prize winner will receive our entire Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (a £108.00 value), and 100 runner-up winners will receive one Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack in one of our 12 signature colors (a £8.00 value).

TO ENTER: Like, comment, or share this post. Limit one entry per person. Giveaway ends at 5:59:59 GMT on November 1, 2017. Winners will be selected on or before November 7 and notified via Facebook. Read the Official Rules here: https://tinyurl.com/y99dykz9.




Esther xx


Stampin’ Up! – Hug in a mug

For today’s project I used the Hug in a mug stamp set from the Autumn/Winter catalogue to create a birthday card. I wanted a cosy, folksy feel. Let me know if you think I achieved it!


This is the stamp set used to make a Christmas card and…..


this is my birthday (or any occasion you like!) card.

As you can tell, it’s a great set for many looks.

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own….

p.s the Delightful Daisy Paper I used is part of the 4 for 3 paper promotion!

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  • Cut A4 Whisper white at 14.9cm and score at 10.5cm
  • Cut Delightful Daisy Paper 10cm x 14.4cm
  • ‘Curtain’ is small piece of Quilted Christmas DSP to fit behind window
  • Mug is stamped onto Real Red card in Memento Black ink and fussy cut





Esther xx

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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Want to get paid to party??

Let’s see of this sounds familiar to anyone….

  • Discover card making and buy everything in sight but nothing matches.
  • Someone tells you about Stampin’ Up! and EVERYTHING coordinates! Yay!
  • You *need* so much of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue but don’t want to exceed your budget.

If that’s you, I have the perfect solution. Get paid to party!starter-kit-flyer-uk-1

Check out the 7 reasons why ^

Still not sure? Why not Test Drive a starter kit.

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Do you have a Wish List from the catalogues of more than £100?
TAKE A TEST DRIVE: The Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit offers you £175 in products and YOU CAN PERSONALISE IT TO YOUR OWN TASTESIt’s just £99 – for £130 of fabulous product & a £45 business kit PLUS, you get the benefit of taking Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator discounts and benefits for a “test drive” through to the end of December 2017 if you join in September with no obligation to sell or purchase anything further.
If your motive is simply to get the kit, it’s OK!
You can completely CUSTOMISE YOUR STARTER KIT. Choose up to £130 worth of goodies from the current catalogues and in addition you will receive a Business Starter Pack worth £45 + free shipping.
When you purchase the Starter Kit, you become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and a member of my Team. You are NOT required to purchase anything further, hold workshops or sell products. 
You receive Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator discounts and benefits through to the end of the next FULL quarter. Stampin’ Up! quarters are January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December. 
IF you want to remain active and continue Demonstrator discounts and benefits beyond the end of the next FULL quarter you would need £270 (catalogue price) in product sales, which includes a total of your own purchases, any customers or friends and family as we also call them! and workshop orders – if you choose to do any workshops.  This extends your benefits through the following quarter. £270 in sales per quarter is required to renew your benefits. 
There’s never a penalty to drop and you can keep the discounted product you purchase – NOyou don’t need to pay full price or anything back! 
I welcome both hobby and career Demonstrators to my team. Hobby Demo’s usually buy exclusively for themselves and I’m fine with that.
I provide training, mentoring and support.
So, why not treat yourself to that test drive?  Contact me and I’ll be happy to let you know how this is really the deal – nothing hidden, nothing not mentioned – almost too good to be true, isn’t it?  That’s why I do it! 


I look forward to welcoming you to Team G&C!




The Daisy punch is back!

Hi crafty friends

After record sales of the beautiful Daisy Punch depleted stocks very quickly, I’m so pleased to tell you all that it’s back in stock!

I adore this punch and the whole the Daisy delight bundle.



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