Fri 13 Jan 2017

I was chatting to one of my customers the other day, and she told me she was confused by all the various platforms available for the Big Shot machine. She said she was never sure which platform she should be using at any given time, and asked if I could help her. I'm sure she's not the only one, so I've put together a video to explain what they're all for, and how to use each one. I hope you find it helpful!

There's a bit of a story to this video, and for a time I wasn't at all sure if you'd ever get to see it. I'd recorded it all before I realised that the video-editing software I've used in the past wasn't bundled with my new laptop. No problem, I thought: I'll download it. Er... no I won't. It's no longer available for download. As of the tenth of January. Two days before I looked for it. Seriously. Talk about frustrating! Anyhow, I found another one, obviously; there was a bit of a learning curve with it, but actually I think it's better than the software I've used before. Do let me know what you think.  

Enjoy, and I hope you're having a great day. Thanks for popping by!





Sat 12 Nov 2016

Hello! How's your week been? I'm still working out how best to write up my colour challenges for you. This week, I'm going to try leading with the card I've made, and following up with the colour combination itself - do let me know what you think. Is it better this way round, or do you prefer having the colour combination picture first?

Sunshine Stamping Colour Challenge 6 Card

I do love this stamp set, and I thought I'd have a play with some watercolouring. This was done with our Stampin' Up! inkpads and an Aqua Painter, using our Watercolour Paper. What do you think? I'm still learning with my watercolouring, but I'm pleased with this one. I was also impressed that the new Stitched Shapes framelits were able to cut so crisply through the watercolour paper, as it's quite a bit thicker than our normal cardstock. I love this stitched effect - really adds a finishing touch.

The message is a simple one. It's been impossible to get away from politics this week, what with a certain election "across the pond", so for this Colour Challenge I wanted to focus on something positive and beautiful. Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday, and people all across the country have been wearing their poppies as a mark of respect for all those who lost their lives so that we might enjoy ours. 

Here's the photo I based this card on, and the one that forms this week's Colour Challenge. It had to be poppies this week, didn't it?

Sunshine Stamping Colour Challenge No 6

As always, I'd love to see what you come up with using this colour combination. If you're feeling inspired, why not add a picture of your card in the comments, or send one to me in an email. Let me know what you think of these Colour Challenges - I'd love to know what you think!

Thanks for dropping in. See you soon... xx



Product List

You've Got This Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Watercolor Paper
Aqua Painters
Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
Layering Circle Framelits Dies
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Pool Party A4 Card Stock
Real Red A4 Card Stock
Old Olive A4 Card Stock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock


Sun 6 Nov 2016

Hello! Something a little different for you today; I've been away this weekend in Telford for Stampin' Up!'s On Stage Local event, and I thought you might like to see some photos. Here we are, getting ready for things to start:

On Stage Live Telford Nov 2016

We always get the chance to see (and play with) upcoming new products, and as you might imagine, we all get just a leetle bit excited. Here is Jane, reacting to one particularly gorgeous new release:

Jane at OnStage Nov 2016

Haha! Sorry for the annoying smiley face, cunningly placed over the forthcoming Spring / Summer catalogue, but I'm not allowed to show you any of the new stuff yet. I can promise you though, you'll be as chuffed with it as Jane was! 

One of the great fun parts of the On Stage events is Prize Patrol, where brand new goodies are given away. Carol won a stamp set in the very first Prize Patrol of this event. My amazing camera skills make her look a bit nonplussed, don't you think? Oh my goodness, I WISH I could show you the stamp set she won - it's just bee-yoo-ti-ful...

Carol Prize Patrol OnStage Nov 2016

And here's Jane, with another Prize Patrol prize. Again, apologies for the very frustrating smiley faces!

Jane Prize Patrol OnStage Nov 2016

At the end of day, we were all absolutely shattered, but very excited and with heads buzzing with everything that we'd seen, learned and crafted. I can't wait to be able to show you more of what was shared at the event, but you're going to have to wait for a while for that, I'm afraid. It'll be worth it. Trust me. (*smiles knowingly*)

FInally, here I am, with some of my lovely team members, right at the end of the events yesterday (sadly minus the lovely Anne, who had to run hell-for-leather for her taxi as we'd overrun). I wanted to bring the big balloon back with me, but I didn't think I'd get away with it. We need to buy a bigger car...

Team Sunshine On Stage 2016

The next On Stage event is in April, and we'll all be travelling over to Amsterdam for an even bigger event - On Stage Live. I can't wait! Events like these are one of the amazing things I get to share in as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, meeting with loads of lovely friends from all across the world. If you fancy the idea of seeing all the latest crafting products before they're available to the general public, and being part of an amazing group of people at the same time, then I'd love to hear from you. Drop me an email and we'll chat, if you like. It may be one of the best things you ever do.

Thanks for dropping by, and I'll be back soon! Have a great week. xx