Tuesday, 19 November 2019

40 Card using 6 Sheets of 12x12 Stampin'Up Let it Snow Paper

Hi Everyone!

It's that time again. I have been busy creating my Christmas cards this year and I yet again set myself a challenge. 

Last year I made 25 cards using 6 sheets of 12x12 design series paper however this year I made 40...yes 40 cards in lots of various sizes. 

I shared this on the demonstrator planing facebook page and I have had so many questions which I plan to answer. 

What what the purpose of this challenge, I hear you say! 
So...I am a hobby demo, which means I don't actually have any time to sell Stampin'Up products. I have a couple of customers and I don't promote to sell the products. I would love to sell and hold classes BUT in reality I work full time and joined Stampin'Up purely for the discount (which is amazing by the way) 

I have to spend £100 a month which to me isn't a lot because if I don't spend it with Stampin'Up - I'll be spending it at Hobbycraft, Amazon, The Range or Crafts a pound. 

My purpose of this challenge was to show my family & friends that you don't have to purchase lots of product or buy lots of things to make lots of cards. If I used the whole pack of DSP then I would have created 80 cards in total by just purchasing:

- Snowman Season Stamp Set
- Let it Snow Designer Series Paper
- Let it Snow Embellishment Kit
- Black Memento Ink 
- Whisper White Card 

All totals to: £46.25 (bargain) 

Perfect to sell at craft fairs as you can make lots of card using the suite. I am more than happy for you to share but please do tag or mention my name. 


I had lots of scrap pieces and decided to use my circle punch to create simple triangle tree shape cards and spruced them up using gems and buttons that I had in my craft room

I absolutely love these and I cannot wait to upload them to my Etsy store. I am selling all my designs. Please feel to share and tag as you go along. 
Thanks so much and Happy Crafting! 

Sim x  


Sunday, 3 November 2019

Christmas Card Challenge 2019 - Making over 25 cards...Can I do it?

Last year I challenged myself to make 24 cards using only 6 sheets of 12"x12" designer series paper from Stampin'Up. This year I have already made 17 and I have plenty of paper to go. I want to share how you can make lots of cards using minimal supplies and how crafting can be not only simple and also inexpensive.

I aim to use every last piece to create some cards and give you some inspiration. I have been taking pictures of my working space throughout the process. If you craft like me...I can only create when I get messy and the clean and tidy crafting does nothing for my brain. 

I have made a short video of the process so far.....


Here is a link of all the products I have used to create this challenge. Will share finished pictures with you all once complete. 


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

New Stampin'Up Paper Trimmer

The long awaited Stampin'Up paper trimmer has launched and will be available to order. 
Personally, I loved the old trimmer too but there was a huge problem in ordering replacement blades. From reviews that I have read and seen, this seems to be lightweight, smaller, easier measurements in metric and imperial, bigger blades and longer extendable arm.

 Paper Trimmer
Item: 152392 | 30,00 € | £23.00
  • 15-3/8" x 8" x 1/2" (39 x 20.3 x 1.3 cm)
  • Includes 1 cutting blade and 1 scoring blade.
  • Includes imperial and metric measurements.
  • Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover.
  • Point on cutting handle for precise measuring.
  • Right-side grid for cutting thin strips.


Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Dino Days Birthday Cards

Hey everyone! It's been ages. I have just been so busy making and posting orders but I have had a chance to get creating during my summer holidays. 

I ordered a bunch of new items from the annual Stampin'Up catalogue and I just wanted to create something super wuick, cute and easy. 

I loved the Dino Days suite and ended up with the 12x12 designer series papers, stamp set and cutting dies.

 These measure 6x4 and I have just used 4 sheets of A4 card to make 4 card bases - by just folding them in half. Cards can be purchased from my Etsy shop.


Monday, 18 February 2019

Simple Vintage Note Cards

Just sharing some simple, quick and easy note cards I put together yesterday for my Etsy shop. I like to add new items during my holidays to keep my shop looking fresh with new items.

 I used a lovely paper pack called 'Vintage outdoor' by Craft sensations that I purchased from The Range, UK. It was only £1 and the patterns are just so pretty and shabby chic style.

I used the 'Butterfly Gala' Stamp set by Stampin'Up on a 4"x 4" card blank just to create some simple note cards which can be used for birthdays, thank you or just even reminders.

They are available to purchase in my Etsy shop. CLICK HERE

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Quick & Simple Card Stock Storage Idea

Hi Everyone, 

Yesterday evening was planned to be a crafting session in my room and organisation took over!! 

I already have a storage system in place for my regular and everyday card stock which is underneath my desk using inexpensive Ikea magazine holders. I took a glance at my Stampin'Up card stock which I keep on my working desk and it looked a mess. 

I had recently received my Spring/Summer order and had just placed the packs of card in without opening the packets and it was just screaming out for some love.I did already have them tabbed but I always confused myself as I was always struggling to see if that was the actual colour I was looking for. 

Here is a photo of the how it was stored before I made it just amazing! Just look at the transformation!


This took me around 2 hours and I used really simple and inexpensive supplies. 

- Dymo Letratag label maker (this is NOT needed - you can easily print out labels on word and cut them to stick to tabs)
- Magazine holders from Poundland,UK
- Scissors
- 2 1/4" circle punch OR any other punch in any shape. I used this as I wanted something big.  
- Double sided tape or snail adhesive. 


This is a great way to organise if you're a hobby demo or part time crafter and doesn't have a huge craft room or workspace. I would love to own rack but I can't as I have no room or space. These fit perfectly into a space in my craft room. 

I have made a quick and simple video to show you how I made the tabs and put everything together. 

Enjoy and share your simple card storage ideas as I would love to see.  

Sim x

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Stampin'Up Spring/Summer Catalogue is here with Sale-E-Bration!!

Hi Everyone, 

Hope you've all had a fantastic Christmas & New Year. After a few busy week I have finally returned to my craft room. As a demonstrator I get the advantage of pre ordering Spring/Summer products before customers however I've been a little busy and had a lot on and still haven't placed any orders!!

The new Stampin'Up Spring/Summer catalogue launches tomorrow and I am super excited. Even though I had already looked online and made a list of all the new goodies I wanted...I've now had to edit my list again. As I hadn't placed an online order for a while, I was yet to receive my free copy of the brochure. Things honestly look so much better in the actual paper catalogue than they do on the website and PDF version of the catalogue. 

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I joined Stampin'Up 3 years ago and I wish I had joined during the Sale-E-Bration month. During Sale-E-Bration you can join Stampin'Up for an amazing deal.

There is 2 options available and option 2 gives £170 worth of products and the craft & carry tote bag for only £125 OR option 1-£170 worth of product (anything from the annual or spring/summer catalogue) for only £99!

The tote bag looks like this:


If you wish to join my team during this period but think you don't want to sell or you won't be able to make your sales target that's okay. I always think of crafting as an addiction - I genuinely can't help myself when it comes to new product and I am just drawn to paper craft products. You would need to spend £75 a month to keep your membership active, if you don't it just means that you are no longer an active demo and will be removed as a demo in July. You still get to keep the products and you never know...a friend might just be your customer that keeps you as an active demo. 

I never joined with an intention to promote or sell products - it was just purely for the 20% discount.  Click the image below if you wish to join or email me and I will be glad to help.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

30 Cards using 6 Sheets of 12" x 12" paper

Completed my challenge of making 24 cards using 6 sheets of 12"x12" designer series paper and ended up making 30 cards!!!!

I use to be a DSP hoarder. I always ended up odering lots of it, looked at it, stroked it and then added it to my existing stash. It would then retire and I would end up selling it or using it for a project at school etc..

Last year it all changed. I chopped into it and made so many cards so i decided to exactly the same this year but only using half of the pack.

I always love creating a variety of sizes. For this challenge I wanted to showcase the paper as it's so gorgeous and festive. This can be done with any 12"x12" paper. I think I might give it a go for my Valentines cards next year. 

This paper is now out of stock but don't feel afraid to use any other paper. Buy it, chop it, glue it and give it away!!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

24 Christmas Cards using 6 sheets of 12"x12" Paper

Hi Everyone, 

Welcome to my Christmas challenge. I love buying Designer series paper from Stampin'Up and I never end up using it. In fact, I hoard it and then end up selling it. I set myself a challenge- that I was going to use 6 sheets of the 12"x12" Joyous Noel DSP to make at least 24 Christmas cards!!!

This paper is gorgeous. It is double sided with 1 side detailed with beautiful intricate gold copper foiling and reverse being normal paper. 
I started on Sunday 4th November and have so far made almost 15 cards. I still have a lot of paper left over so who knows ....will I be able to make more than 24? 

I will be sharing all the different cards that I have put together using the DSP.

I plan to make videos to show how I made each card design. I have kept them simple and stylish.


Monday, 22 October 2018

Stampin'Up Birthday 24 Hour Sale!

Just sharing Stampin'Up's flash 24 hour sale!!! Lots of goodies at 15% OFF! 

Click on 'SHOP NOW' to view all the products included.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Quick, Simple & Easy Thank You Cards

Hi Everyone, 

I am finally sending my Autumn/Winter Stampin'Up catalogues out this week and I wanted to make some simple, quick & easy cards to send for all my customers. I don't have many - only a handful but they mean so much to me as they can shop with anyone but they chose me. 

These honestly took me 10 mins and I genuinely love the way they turned out. I have listed them in my Etsy shop as I think they make a great pack. You can find all measurements and how I put them together in the video below.