Thursday, 26 November 2009

Christmas Workshop - here are the cards...

On Tuesday night I had my Christmas Workshop and we had a great time, there were 4 ladies crafting and Deborah O'D made an appearance just to heckle! The cards I had prepared went down well and there was nothing complicated for the new stampers amongst the ladies! We made 10 cards using three SU! stampsets Winter Post, Old Fashioned Christmas and the new stamp set Tree Trimmings with the matching papers. All of these sets are beautiful and create such lovely cards and the images are so easy to stamp - The two new ladies after only a couple of false starts made some beautiful cards and we had a great night. There was plenty of tea flowing and even a festive cake or two! It was lovely to see everyone having such a great time and already I have two places booked for next months class - with no class planned LOL!
I have only used four colours to stamp in real red, garden green, old olive and close to cocoa. I haved also used the same card stock to contrast and both whisper white and very vanilla card. I decided that I would stick to traditional colours and just add a bit of glitter to the odd card!

If you would like to be included in my mailing list for classes/ workshops or further details of the cards please email me for further details:
I hope you like the cards and thanks for looking Debbi x x x

Friday, 20 November 2009

12 Blogs of Christmas... Blog Cuise

Welcome, Welcome to everyone that is on the 12 Blogs of Christmas tour. I hope that you are enjoying your tour of the very talented people that have posted Christmassy projects for you to try! I am going to enjoy a cup of tea this afternoon whilst having a good look around... For everyone that is a visitor to my Blog on this tour please leave a comment - it would be great to hear what you are thinking about the Cruise... There are a lot of very talented SU! demonstrators posting today... First a great big thank you to Carolyn to organise this and still manage to get things done whilst poorly and out of action for the last couple of weeks and get us all organised too no mean feat I can tell you!... Thanks to Jo who always answers my silly qustions and always knows the answer - and she is very fast (You will have seen her blog on your trip this morning!) I love her stuff! I have needed her a couple of times this week to ask various questions about the blog cruise and posting! As you know I am not technical at all! So my first project is a gift bag - this is one of the SU! gift bags that unfortunately are no longer available, but you can create something similar using a bagalope or a plain bag! I have wheeled the bag using a SU wheel in old olive to give it a christmassy theme - I have then used 3 elements from the Christmas Jingle scrapkit in real red and old olive and mounted these on very vanilla, old olive and real red card stock. I have then added a length of old olive ribbon and tied this in a bow - that I cannot get to look right no matter how many times I tie it (I know it doesn't look the best - but there is so many times you can tie a piece of ribbon!)
The second project is a series of tags that I have decorated using the Winter Post stamp set and inks - Real red, old olive, chocolate chip and close to cocoa. I have randomly stamped images on them and inked the edges with a dauber - no more no less! Although my fingers are now covered in ink! They should have linen thread around the hole punched out at the top - but in short I cannot remember where I have put it!
So where do you go next on your journey - unfortunately this is the last post so it is back to Carolyn where your journey began - I hope you enjoyed yourselves!... However there is another hop in progress starting with Kara Why not check those out!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave some comments - so I can visit your blogs! I hope you have enjoyed yourself! It has been fun to create for this and thanks for looking Debbi x x x

Monday, 16 November 2009


I thought it was about time I told you a little about the time we SU demos spent in Germany on the first SU European Convention - it was fantastic and I cannot tell you how excited I was to be going - putting aside the fact that I was going to miss my boys terribly and spend a fortune on the phone talking to them!

So going to bed at nearly midnight on the Wednesday and having to be up at 4.00 the following morning - not a good idea! In the car for 4.30am and at Shirleys for 5.00am and heading for the airport - only we had to turn around as Helen had phoned me whilst i was driving and my phone was still sat on my drivers seat! (no surprise there then!)

After an uneventful journey to Frankurt and eventually finding Jane at the airport - who would have believed she was on the last minute?? We arrived at the beautiful hotel and each settled in for an hour or so and then went for a late lunch in the local town - we had a beautiful meal of roast beef and red cabbage and the were some dodgy looking potatoes that were OK but very starne in texture.

That evening a few of us met for an evening meal and a wander around the other side of Bad Homburg. Basically Shirley, Helen and I gatecrashed Michelle's evening with her team! and we had a great night - lots of laughter and crafty chat!

The following morning after we had registered for the convention we did our general swaps and I cannot tell you how exciting this was - to meet so many of my crafty heros a bunch of very talented demonstrators and see them in person - although for the most part I do wish people were wearing their sign on for ILWS! as I didn't recognise many people at first - so lovely to put faces to the names and meet the many talented people that I have come to know in the world of ILWS and SU in the last year...

The Convention was so inspiring and informative I cannot wait to put what I have learned into practice and the workshop wows were great giving me so many ideas of what to include in classes and the workshops that I complete!

Above are some of the pictures that I took of the people I met and some of the amazing projects that were completed for the convention - enjoy! Here's to London Baby...

Thanks for looking - Debbi x x x

Saturday, 14 November 2009


Well ladies tomorrow is the Sparkle show that my good friend and also fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Jane is a stall holder at, she will be selling her beautiful bags (pictured below) As you can see they are truly lovely and come in a variety of colours why not hop along to Janes blog and have a look - they would make brilliant Christams presents! I am just going to give her helping hand for the day, we will also be show casing Stampin Up! there is a raffle and some great offers - for tomorrow only! Why not come along and check out her stall!

The show is at the Hallmark Hotel (formerly the Belfry) in Handforth not too far away from those in the Stockport/ Manchester area...

Hope to see you and thanks for looking Debbi x x x

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Christmas Swap...

I am still waiting for some of the swaps to be received, I think that this is a combination of both the Stampin' Up! Convention and the postal strikes that are holding up cards being received... It is still very exciting for those of us who attending the Convention (I will post more about that at the weekend with pictures!) but I thought that I would post you pictures of the swap I created for the ladies in my group... As mentioned before this image was only used as I was off sick at the time and was extremely bored so wanted something to occupy my time, whilst sat on the settee!
I mounted the image on real red cardstock and then again on garden green cardstock, after inking the edges and off setting the layered mount. I stamped holly around the edge of the card and added glitter to the stamped image. I then added a sheet of velum to the card and stamped Christmas wishes onto this. The stamps are from Old fashioned Christmas and although time consuming to colour I think that it is well worth it! I hope you agree...
Thanks for looking Debbi (your very excited stampin'up demonstrator - all inspired from Convention!) x x x

Sunday, 8 November 2009


Until the 13th November 2009 you can purchase the starter kit to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator at a discount of 10%. Why not get yourself an early Christmas present and become a SU demonstrator! This is a great special offer and the price is only £125 - for this you get £240 worth of fabulous Stampin' Up! crafting supplies - once you receive the starter kit the opportunities are endless... You can either be a hobby demo or start your own crafting business. For more details please contact me on If you make the decision to sign up there may also be a surprise or two from me for joining the team (one of which will be handmade by myself and the other from the catty!) Once you have signed up you will receive all the support you need, training and regular newsletters with hints and tips. Hope to here from you soon Debbi x x x


*** 09/11/2009 ONLY 6 PLACES LEFT ****

I am starting up a brand new Stampers’ 10 Club… I am looking for the first orders to be in January 2010! Do you want to join me ??

I need 10 members to join the club who commit to spending a minimum of £15 a month (plus P&P) for 10 months…

Each month one of the 10 members will be the ‘hostess’ for that particular month and will receive the minimum of a Level 1 stamp set and £15 worth of products from the catalogue. As the club is virtual this does not mean that we will be all desending on your house but simply that you benefit from the hostess benefits from being a member!

I will also include a bi-monthly card kit so we can all create some wonderful projects throughout the year using bits and pieces from the catalogue.

You will receive a free Stampin Up catalogue at the start of the club if you need one – just let me know and if published any mini catalogues that may be offered.

Like the sound of this??

It is a great way to increase your stash and also reach the dizzy heights of achieving the hostess benefits and free products that come with that.

Please mail me for more information or to secure your place as a member before they are all filled up!

Hope to hear from you soon


10 Reasons to Become a Demonstrator


1) You will never pay full price for your goodies again. You get a 20% discount on everything you purchase.

2) Through good sales and recruiting you can earn free Stampin’ Up! products, and maybe even a holiday!

3) Your favourite hobby becomes your business and then it becomes a GREAT tax deduction!

4) Earn extra money for your family or just enough to support your stamping. You can earn 20-32% commission.

5) You have the freedom to run your business the way you choose. You choose the hours that you work and the way you make your sales.

6) You will make lots of great stamping buddies. You’ll become friends with your hostesses, customers, and lots of other demonstrators all over the country.

7) Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators’ receive a great monthly magazine with many samples and great business ideas.

8) Demonstrators have access to the Stampin’ Up! web site which is filled with samples, ideas, and business tips.

9) Sharing creativity with others is rewarding.

10) Not only is Stampin’ Up! a business but it is a fun social outlet. You will enjoy getting out, meeting new people, and teaching others the joy of stamping!

Interested?? Contact me for further information…


Please bear with me today about the look of my blog - am having a tidy up and making some changes and will be including lots of new information! thanks Debbi x x x