Upcoming Classes

Thursday 9th June: 10.00-12.30: Cardmaking.. cards for men using the Plane & Simple stamp set.
Thursday 23rd June: 9.30-12.30: Scrapbooking.. we'll be continuing with our 8"x8" mini book, theme: Book of Me!

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Sale-A-Bration has started!

Hi again,

Today is the start of Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-A-Bration.. and it's your chance to receive free stamps when you spend £45 or more.. host a qualifying workshop... or even join Stampin' Up! (if you're interested in this, please contact me for a chat and I'll tell you all you need to know).

Details of this very special promotion are in my previous post.. and if you'd like to see the four exclusive - and totally gorgeous - stamp sets available from now til the end of February, please click on the Sale-A-Bration picture in the side-bar to open a PDF of the leaflet... or click here to go to the Stampin' Up! website.

If you'd like to make an order.. or host a workshop.. or if you're interested in finding out more about the benefits of joining SU!, please don't hesitate to get in touch (see the Contact Me page for details).

Finally... if you'd like to book a place at my card-making classes or scrapbook club, please check out the details on the relevant pages. Card-making classes in January and February will be featuring Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, so why not come along and try out these lovely stamps? Remember, please book as soon as possible to benefit from a discounted class fee!!!

Have a very happy New Year and I hope to see you soon.

Sarah x

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Sale-A-Bration starts on Thursday!

Firstly, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! :o) We have been enjoying a few days of family time, fun and relaxation.. I hope eveything's gone smoothly and happily for you too!

But now for some great news... Sale-A-Bration starts on Thursday! If you haven't yet heard about Sale-A-Bration, here's the deal:

You have three ways to earn FREE stamps!
  1. Spend £45 (product sales before shipping and handling) and earn one FREE Sale-A-Bration set of your choice.
  2. Host a workshop of at least £300 (product sales before shipping and handling), and earn one FREE Sale-A-Bration set in addition to the generous hostess benefits.
  3. Join Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration and choose a FREE stamp set (excluding hostess sets) from the Idea Book & Catalogue (valued up to £44.95).
I can't yet show you the four gorgeous stamp sets available as part of this stamp set (although you'll have seen them if you received a leaflet from me recently!) but full details will be posted on the Stampin' Up! website on Thursday 30th December.

The promotion runs from 30th December to 28th February 2011, after which the four exclusive stamp sets will no longer be available.. so if there's a set you simply must have, don't wait too long to make your order, host your workshop or join Stampin' Up!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch and I'll be delighted to help.

Meanwhile, I hope you have a fabulous.. and creative.. New Year!

Sarah x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Scrapbook Club - undaunted by snow!

Well, it was touch and go this morning... should I call off Scrapbook Club or carry on regardless of the white stuff? In the end, thanks to a few quick phone calls, we decided to go ahead. Thank you ladies for braving the elements - we had snow, hailstones like marbles and the occasional blizzard, but nobody batted an eyelid!

So this month's project was a Birthday Planner, to help us keep on top of all those birthdays and other occasions throughout the year which call for a hand-crafted card to be made and sent with love. Here's my creation:

It took me a good couple of weeks to get this project finished.. and a lot of trial and error.. but I'm pleased with how it turned out - and even more thrilled with how the ladies managed to create theirs today in under three hours! It was pretty intense work but worth the effort I think.

Here's a peek at the first two inside pages, showing the calendar for January on the left and a pocket for holding a couple of cards on the right...

...and the little pocket at the back - for storing envelopes or maybe a little address book..?

I've made a few changes to the class schedule from January onwards... full details can be found on the Card-making Classes and Scrapbook Club pages in the side-bar... take a look and do book early to benefit from early-bird discounts and to secure your place!

Details of class projects for the next few months will be available soon.. or at least as soon as I've finished my Christmas cards and thought about what we're eating one week from today..!

Merry Christmas everyone.. and I hope to see you soon! :o)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Notably Ornate.. for any occasion

Just a very quick one to share the cards we made in today's class:

This idea was totally borrowed from the Idea Book & Catalogue - loved it and wanted to try it!

And here's the second one:

This one was inspired by a lovely card on In Love With Stamping by Stampycarol... thanks Carol for sharing!

The cards both use the gorgeous Notably Ornate stamp set, along with Contempo Christmas for the greeting. We also got to play with the Colour Spritzer Tool to splatter our images with little droplets of colour, adding a vintage touch to the cards.. it's lots of fun and can be used with the Stampin' Up! marker pens or various other markers you may have already.

Don't forget, if your beloved is stuck for gift ideas for you, a Stampin' Up! gift voucher could be the perfect solution! See the Gift Vouchers page in the sidebar for all the information.

Sarah x

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

11th December Class Sneaky Peek

Here's a little peek at one of the cards we'll be making on Saturday morning using the Notably Ornate stamp set and Love Letter/Newsprint Designer Series Papers. If you'd like to come, please let me know by Thursday afternoon as I'll be preparing resources for the class tomorrow evening.

A Stampin' Up! Christmas

Fancy some gorgeous Stampin' Up! goodies under the tree this year? The very last date for Christmas orders is Monday 13th December - so please don't delay in sending me your Wish List and giving your loved ones my contact details!

If you'd prefer to choose your own goodies after Christmas, you could always opt for Gift Vouchers instead. Please check out the Gift Vouchers page in the side-bar for full details - including information on a couple of very special offers!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

A Christmas Planner with Jolly Holiday DSP

Yesterday at Scrapbook Club we made Christmas Planners.. and appropriately enough, within half an hour the snowflakes had started to fall! Undaunted we carried on..

 (L-R: Becky, Teresa and Janette)

...work in progress..

..and here's one I made earlier!

Here's what we used:
2 pieces of thin chipboard
6 small square envelopes (113 x 113mm)
Jolly Holiday Designer Series Papers
Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla cardstock

Just Perfect alphabet
Contempo Christmas
Serene Snowflakes
Just Believe
Basic Phrases
Punch Potpourri

The planner was bound together using the Bind-it-All and 5/8" white O-wires.

Next Classes:
Saturday 11th December: Card-making with Notably Ornate stamps and Love Letter/Newsprint Designer Series Papers (non-Christmassy cards!).
As this is the rescheduled class from Friday 10th Dec, I'm holding the price at £5.

Saturday 18th December: Scrapbook Club - Making a Birthday Planner - get organised for 2011 with this handy birthday book and never forget anyone's special day again!
Price £10 - includes full kit and instructions (sneak preview of project and kit coming soon - it's in progress!).

I'm taking bookings for both of these classes now.
If you'd like to come, please let me know by 5th December.
I will need payment in advance please, so that I can purchase and prepare resources for your project kit.
 You can pay by Paypal (email address: slpiggott73@gmail.com - mark it as a 'Personal Payment Owed') or cheque (payable to Sarah Piggott - email me for my address).

Many thanks.. I hope to see you soon!

Sarah x

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Just Believe... cards from Saturday's class

Here's a very quick post to share the cards we made in yesterday's class using Stampin' Up's 'Just Believe' stamp set.

The watercolour effect was achieved by inking up the stamp with Old Olive and Not Quite Navy ink pads, then lightly spraying the stamp with water, before stamping on to watercolour paper. I was a bit anxious about demonstrating this card - the technique can be rather hit-and-miss, depending on how much water lands on your stamp from the spray bottle! The results are also very subjective - some might prefer a less watery look but I rather liked this one!

The background was created with the same flower stamp using Baja Breeze ink on matching cardstock for a tone-on-tone effect. The Old Olive ribbon was pleated and laid down on a line of Sticky Strip tape, with tiny pieces of tape holding down the pleats.

In the second card, the two flower stamps were stamped using VersaMark ink, then embossed with black embossing powder. We then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the flowery frame (stamped in Baja Breeze ink) and the sentiment inside it.

Thank you ladies for coming - I really enjoyed the class and it was a pleasure to see how you interpreted the projects!

Next Classes: 
Saturday 27th Nov - Scrapbook Club (Bookings now closed)
Either Friday 10th or Saturday 11th December - Card-making Class (see previous post for details)
Saturday 18th December - Scrapbook Club (kit and project details coming soon!)

Important: Changes to Class Times and Dates!

Hello ladies!

Just a quick post to let you know of some important changes to forthcoming class timings and dates.

Saturday 27th November - Scrapbook Club: 
Will start at 9.30am so that anyone who wants to visit the Art Exhibition at Community Wise (on until 1pm) will have time to go after the session. I can be flexible on the finish time - we'll say 12 to 12.30pm.

Friday 10th December - Card-making Class:
Unfortunately this is going to clash with my son's Nativity play.. so I'm offering two alternatives:
Friday 10th December - 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 11th December - 10am to 12noon.

Please let me know as soon as you can if you would like to attend either of the above sessions... if there's enough demand I'm happy to run the class on both days.

I anticipate the class will involve making a set of Thank You cards using the Notably Ornate stamp set and a play with the new Colour Spritzer Tool!

Apologies for these changes.. and I hope you can join me soon.

Sarah x

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Scrapbook Club Sneaky Peek

I'm back, as promised, with some information on the kit we'll be using in the next Scrapbook Club (on Saturday 27th November).. and a little peek at the sort of Christmas planner you'll be able to make if you come along (full kit details are at the end of this post)!

You will also have access to a variety of stamps and punches to help you embellish your planner... and you will have plenty of papers left over for another project!

 So here's a look at a planner I made earlier (based on a project by Bekka at Feeling Crafty)...
As you can see, it has a loop to hold your pen, spaces to keep gift wish-lists for each member of your family, pockets for receipts and spaces for Christmas card lists or whatever you fancy.

I have another version of the planner in progress, which we'll probably use in class - similar to this one but a little bigger and spiral bound - but I'll show this one after the class on 27th November!

Please note: I'm ordering product for this class on Monday 15th November - so if you would like to come along on Saturday 27th November, please let me know by Monday morning - and don't forget to say which ink pad you would prefer! (Also, if you'd like to take advantage of the Bundle Up for Christmas promotion, now would be a great time to put in your order, too!)

If you are unable to come on the day but would still like to order a Christmas Planner kit, please get in touch and I'll happily make one up for you. The price for this will be £10 (if collected from me) or £12 (including postage to you).

Kit Details:
Jolly Holiday Designer Series Papers: 6 half-sheets of double-sided paper (6x12 inches)
A4 cardstock: 3 sheets - one each of Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Stampin' Pad: Cherry Chobbler or Old Olive (please specify which you want)
4-1/2 inch square envelopes: 6 envelopes
4-3/4 inch square chipboard pieces: 2 pieces
Old Olive 5/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon: 60cm length
O-wire binding (for use in Bind-it-All machine in class) or 2 book rings (if purchasing kit separately from class)
Set of printed instructions.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Bundle Up with Delightful Decorations!

In a change to the advertised programme, I decided to use the gorgeous Delightful Decorations stamp set, along with its coordinating Ornament punch, in my class today. Why? Well for two reasons... first, it's a fun and versatile set - and the punch makes it SO easy to create fabulous cards in minutes... and second, it's part of the Bundle Up for Christmas promotion - on now and until the end of December.

So here are the first three cards we made today:

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, So Swirly Wheel, Basic Phrases, Contempo Christmas
Cardstock: Old Olive,Whisper White,Crumb Cake
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Platinum Shimmer Paint
Punches: Ornament, Word Window
Other: Sponge Daubers, Silver Elastic Thread, Crystal Effects, Diamond Stickles (non-SU!)

And here are the last two cards we made:

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Contempo Christmas (for the greeting)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Designer Series Paper: Jolly Holiday
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Ornament, Eyelet Border, Scallop Edge, Boho Blossoms
Other: Linen Thread, Pretty In Pink 3mm Taffeta Ribbon, Old Olive 1.6cm Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

In case you're wondering about the Bundle Up for Christmas promotion.. you can get your hands on an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle. For example, you could buy the Delightful Decorations stamp set and Ornament punch for £37.45 and choose a ribbon package with a value of up to £11.50 for free!

If you're interested, please check out my previous post for further details.. and remember the bundles and ribbons are only available while supplies last. Do let me know if you'd like to take advantage of this deal and I'll be only too happy to help you!

By the way... stay tuned for information on the kit I'm putting together for Scrapbook Club on 27th November.. and a sneak peek at the project we'll be making!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Pre-Convention Stampin' Stars Party

Festivities kicked off on Thursday evening with a Pre-Convention party at the Croydon Hilton Hotel, hosted by two fantastic Demonstrators, Natalie O'Shea (my Stampin' Up! 'great-grandma') and Monica Gale. Here's the goodie bag we received (how exciting!):

The triangular box containined a cute little black rubber watch, the organza bag held a silver key-ring charm.. and we also had a fab set of fluffy star deely-boppers to wear (remember them?!).. sadly, I don't seem to have a photo of me in them ;o)!

We also had two Make & Take projects to do - here are mine, a Christmas card and a 6"x6" scrapbook page:

Stamps: Welcome Christmas (this set is in the current Bundle Up promotion if you're interested!)
Colours: Early Espresso, Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Curly Label Punch

Stamps: Beware Pirates
Colours: Early Espresso, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Other: Gold Brads, Twill Tape

I should add, the photo was added later.. I didn't 'happen' to have this on me at Convention!

And finally.. here are a couple of lovely Christmas card samples I received at the party... first, here's one by Kim Fee (my Stampin' Up! granny):

Stamps: Four the Holidays (the greeting); Punch Potpourri (a level 1 Hostess Set which you can earn when you host a qualifying workshop).
Colours: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive
Punch: Two-Step Bird

This one is by Elizabeth Probst from Germany:

Stamps: Delightful Decorations (in the Bundle Up promotion); So Swirly wheel
Punch: Ornament (also in the Bundle Up promotion!)
Colours: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie

Look out... lots more inspiring card ideas to come!

Sarah x

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Ooops.. prize draw result.. and exciting promo news!

I hadn't forgotten, honest! Life just got a bit hectic last week with the Stampin' Up! Convention this weekend (more on this to follow) so I held over the prize draw til today.

As I explained in my earlier post, each month I'll be holding a little prize draw for all my customers. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is attend one of my classes or purchase some delicious goodies from the Idea Book & Catalogue (more on this further down... keep reading!!).

The winner, chosen using www.random.org, is...

...with receipt number 21 - Janette Summers! Well done Janette - and thank you for being such a wonderful customer. Your prize will be ready for you at Friday's card class!

Now I have some more exciting news to share.. Stampin' Up! have a truly awesome promotion running RIGHT NOW and all the way through til the end of December! If you're thinking about making a proper start on your Christmas cards, gift-wrapping or even gift-making.. or perhaps you want to get ready for some festive scrapbooking.. you are going to love this!

 This Christmas season you can get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle!

Choose from these bundles:
Description Wood-Mount Item Wood-Mount Price Clear-Mount Item Clear-Mount Price
Gifted Bundle
'Gifted' Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
124051 £35.70 124052 £30.70
Welcome Christmas Bundle
'Welcome Christmas' Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
124063 £36.90 124064 £31.90
Season of Joy Bundle
'Season of Joy' Set and So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel
124055 £36.45 --- ---
Delightful Decorations Bundle
'Delightful Decorations' Set and Ornament Punch
124058 £37.45 --- ---

You can choose from these gorgeous ribbons (FOR FREE!!):
Picture Description Item Retail Value
Mistletoe Ribbon Originals 116792 £11.50
Sleigh Bells Ribbon 116795 £8.50
Riding Hood Red 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon 113099 £10.25
Real Red 3/4” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon 115608 £10.25

These ribbons - and the Christmas Cocoa Speciality Designer Series Paper - are exclusively available as part of this special promotion - they are not in the Idea Book & Catalogue and are not available for purchase separately.

Check out the stamp sets available in this deal by clicking the link on the left to view the Idea Book & Catalogue. Or, even better, why not order a real-life copy from me? For the super-value price of just £5 I will get one in the post to you so that you can browse.. and gain masses of inspirational project ideas.. at your leisure!

{Just one thing to note: in the photo above, the red stitched ribbon shown on the right doesn't seem to be part of the promotion (I think it probably was in the US but not over here). However, the Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon that we do get looks absolutely STUNNING.. and I really want some!}

OK, so these wonderful Christmas bundles are only available which stocks last! So if you'd like to get your hands on one (or two!), please get in touch with me as soon as possible.. they are sure to be VERY popular!

I look forward to hearing from you.. or seeing you soon!

Sarah x

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

And the winner is...

You know that little prize draw I mentioned on Monday? Well, this afternoon I got my little boy Harry to pick a name out of the Easter basket (unseasonal, I know, but it did the job!).. and here is the result...

 Congratulations, Linda! I'll include the prize with your purchases and be in touch about dropping them round to you (delivery is expected on Friday so it'll be this weekend, ladies, if that's convenient!).

Next Thursday is the start of the annual Stampin' Up! convention so I'll be off to Addington Palace, near Croydon, for a couple of days of training, Make & Takes, a fancy Awards night and dinner, and lots of socialising with my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators. It promises to be heaps of fun, and I'll be back next week brimming with ideas (and a bag full of freebies and swaps I hope!). *Sigh* It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, please get in touch and I'll let you know what it's all about. And if you decide it's the right opportunity for you, I'd be delighted to welcome you into my Seaside Stampers team!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Be super-quick for a chance to win a prize!

Are you feeling lucky? I hope so, because I'm about to let you know about some exciting opportunities for you to win a prize!

First of all.. I'll be putting an order in to Stampin' Up! this afternoon. If there's anything you'd like to add to the order, just let me know by 2pm today and – providing you can collect from me, or I can deliver to you - Shipping & Handling will be FREE OF CHARGE. Click on the link in the side-bar to download the Idea Book & Catalogue... or let me know if you'd like your own copy for a discounted price of £5.

What's more, I'll be doing a little PRIZE DRAW for everyone who joins in on this order! {The prize will consist of samples of one of the new Designer Series Paper packs, Greenhouse Gala, along with matching cardstock and ribbon... definitely worth going for!} So far I have three ladies in with a chance for this lovely prize.. would you like to join them?

Secondly, I've been thinking about ways in which I can reward my regular class-goers and catalogue customers to show you my appreciation... and I've decided to start a MONTHLY PRIZE DRAW! Every time you make a purchase – either for a class or for goods from the catalogue, you will receive a numbered, dated receipt. On the first of each month, I will draw one number from the receipts of the previous month – if your receipt has that number on it, you'll win a prize!

I am currently in the process of writing receipts for ALL purchases made during October.. if you're due a receipt (or receipts) , you'll receive them soon! So the first monthly Prize Draw will be held on 1st November. The results will be posted here on my blog, along with details of the prize – and if you're the lucky winner, you'll get an email too!

Finally.... as you may be aware, Saturday was the first of my monthly Scrapbooking Club sessions. Thank you Linda, Janette, Nicola, Becky and Michelle for coming along and making such a beautiful start on your journals.. I really look forward to seeing how they progress. 

{These photos are from my journal.. I'll post more on the Scrapbooking Club page as they are completed!}

 Next month's Scrapbooking Club is on Saturday 27th November and we'll be making a Christmas Planner using Jolly Holiday Designer Series Papers. Full details of the kit and project will be available soon – if you'd like to book a place, please let me know by email or phone by Friday 12th November. Payment (£10 to include the kit) is required at the time of booking.. I can accept Paypal (you need my email address - slpiggott73@gmail.com - and mark it as a personal payment) or cheques payable to Sarah Piggott.

Next card-making class is on Friday 12th November.. followed by Saturday 20th November... please see the Class Dates and Details page for information... again, booking in advance is essential and payment in advance much appreciated!

Thanks for reading.. and I hope to see you soon!

Sarah x

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Delightful Decorations class

Thank you to the ladies who attended my first Saturday class this morning - you all made two really stunning cards to be proud of!

We used two of Stampin' Up!'s new Christmas stamp sets - Delightful Decorations and Contempo Christmas - along with the matching Ornament punch and Serene Snowflakes stamps.

Here's the first card:

It's based on a similar card I spotted on Splitcoast Stampers here - this is a fabulous site for finding inspiration with Stampin' Up! stamp sets - definitely worth a look!

The colour scheme used is Baja Breeze (the base card), Silver (non-SU!), Soft Suede and Pretty in Pink. The flat-backed pearls and beads are from the sadly-retired Pretties Kit and the snowflakes background was stamped using Platinum Shimmer Paint.

Here's the second card we made:

Same colour scheme but a more retro style. The ornaments were stamped first in ink, then over-stamped with Champagne Shimmer Paint using the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig for accurate positioning. This gives the ornaments a subtle shimmer.

My next class is Scrapbooking Club - next Saturday from 10am til 12.30pm, where we'll be making a journal to review our year (so far!).

Next card-making class is on Friday 12th November - the format is 'Five for a Fiver' using the Tree Trimmings stamp set. If you'd like to book a place, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Sarah x

Monday, 11 October 2010

Vintage Vogue cards from Friday's class

Just a quick post to share the three cards I made for Friday's card-making class using Vintage Vogue stamp set, along with the Very Vintage wheel and a few other goodies..

In this card (above) I used the Very Vintage wheel to create the background on the base card and Vintage Vogue vine stamp on the birds' wings. The colours are Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Rose Red and Certainly Celery.

This one uses the En Francais background stamp on the base card and the vine leaves were added behind the flower using the masking technique.

Finally, I used the Very Vintage wheel and Rose Red ink to create the pattern on the lower half of the card. The flowers on the upper half were stamped with Versamark ink. The main flower was stamped in Rose Red with Rich Razzleberry ink dabbed onto the edges with a sponge dauber.

The sentiments are all from the Sincere Salutations set. All three cards were inspired by projects spotted in the new Idea Book & Catalogue - available from me for the special price of £5 posted to your door!

My next class is this Saturday - we'll be making Christmas cards using the brand new Delightful Decorations stamps, along with the new Ornament punch and taffeta ribbons! If you'd like to join us, please call me or email me as soon as possible. Details are on the Contact Me page (see left side bar).

Sarah x

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Scrapbooking Club - Kit Details

So here's the plan for Scrapbooking Club on Saturday 23rd October.. I'm going to make an A5-size journal in which to record my Review of 2010 - a double-page spread for each month. The design of the journal will be based on the gorgeous vintage-style journal on page 64 of the new Idea Book & Catalogue - I love it! If you fancy a look, click on the link on the left to download the Idea Book.

I'm offering a fantastic kit this month - it will contain everything you'll need to create the journal, including some beautiful NEW Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers, ribbons, cardstock and embellishments.

The super-value kit will contain:
  • Two A5 size chipboard covers
  • Black O-Wire binding (I will help you use my Bind-it-All to bind your journal)
  • 7 sheets of A4 Very Vanilla cardstock
  • 1 sheet of Real Red cardstock
  • 1 sheet of Basic Black cardstock
  • 6 half-sheets of Designer Series Paper (Newsprint/Love Letter)
  • 50cm of 1-1/4" Black & White Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 50cm of 5/8" Basic Black Satin Ribbon
  • 50cm of 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 1 Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver Frame
  • 4 Brads
You will also have access to the BRAND NEW stamp set Notably Ornate, along with coordinating oval punch, and a variety of other stamp sets and tools.. everything you need to make yourself a very stylish wire-bound journal!

I will provide you will full instructions on how to make your journal and will have sample pages completed to give you some ideas.. but - as we all have different styles - how you complete your book is entirely up to you.

For £10, you will receive:
  • The amazing value kit described above
  • Full instructions, sample pages and as much help as you need to produce your journal
  • Access to my stamp sets, ink pads, punches and other tools
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits!
You are very welcome to bring your own supplies and projects and make use of my Cuttlebug, stamps, punches and so on. Enjoy a morning of scrapbooking and chatting with fellow crafters! The cost of Scrapbooking Club without the kit is just £5.

If you'd like to come, please book your place by Friday 8th October - letting me know if you require the kit. I can then give you my address details and would ask that you pay by cheque as soon as possible after booking. This will enable me to order supplies and prepare the kits in plenty of time for the session.

Email: slpiggott73@gmail.com
Mobile: 07970 615390

I hope you will join me - I'm so looking forward to it!

Sarah x

Friday, 1 October 2010

The New Idea Book & Catalogue is Here!

At last... we can unveil the new and wonderful Idea Book & Catalogue 2010-2011!

  • If you'd like to download a copy, please click on the picture on the left (beware, it's a big file - 22MB!).
  • If you'd prefer to order a real-life paper copy, just let me know and I will send you one for a special price of £5 (including postage or delivery to your door if you're local).
  • What's more, I will refund your £5 if you make an order from the Idea Book & Catalogue of £35 or more!
Remember, it's not just a catalogue! This beautiful book runs to 113 pages and is crammed full of inspirational ideas for card-making, scrapbooking and home decoration projects that will have you itching to get crafty!

Host a Workshop!
Fancy trying out some of the wonderful new products before you buy? Why not book a home workshop with me! Get a few friends together and I will come to you, share with you what I love about Stampin' Up! and help you all make a beautiful card to be proud of. As a 'thank you' for being a workshop hostess, you will receive a FREE Idea Book & Catalogue and a special gift from me.

What's more, if your workshop product sales reach £150 or over, you will be able to choose FREE exclusive hostess products, along with more FREE products from the catalogue. For full details on the benefits of being a hostess, please click on the Host a Workshop tab to the left.

Come to a Class!
Would you like to learn new techniques, use some fabulous new products and make some new crafty friends? If you, why not join one of my classes? I currently run two monthly card-making classes on a Friday and a Saturday morning - see the Card-making Classes tab on the left for more information.

If you're more into scrapbooking - or would like to find out what scrapbooking is all about - I'm starting a new Scrapbooking Club starting on Saturday 23rd October. This will also be a monthly club, running on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10am to 12.30pm. Check out the NEW Scrapbooking Club tab for more information.

Finally, for dates and information on what each class will cover, please go to the Class Dates and Details tab on the left.

Become a Demonstrator!
I really enjoy being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - if you'd like to find out more about what this involves, please get in touch with me and I will happily give you all the details!

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Monday, 27 September 2010

Open House - here's how it went!

I had my Open House event at Community Wise on Saturday morning and, to my relief, it went well.. I can't thank Pat enough for coming down from Bromley to help me - she was absolutely brilliant! We set up our displays in the large hall upstairs and soon began to receive visitors from the Farmers' Market which was on in the car-park and inside the centre. Seven ladies took part in my Make & Take - a Christmas card featuring Dasher and the Spiral punch - and all of them produced some really lovely cards.

 At 11.30, Pat did a fantastic Make & Take, again to seven ladies, using the Vintage Vogue stamp set and Very Vintage wheel. Some of the ladies were toally new to stamping, yet they still managed to create beautiful cards.

I didn't manage to take many photos on the day - and forgot to take any of the cards we made.. so I will post pictures of those soon. Thank you to all the ladies who participated in our Make & Takes, and to those who came upstairs just to see what we were up to.. it was a lovely day and we really enjoyed meeting you!

For those of you who completed a Door Prize Entry Form - the winner of the Darling Dots stamp set was Janette - congratulations, I have emailed you and will get your prize to you very soon!

If you're interested in joining my card-making classes and NEW scrapbooking club - full details on the 'Classes - Cardmaking and Scrapbooking' page - click the tab for full details. Please contact me by email or by phone to reserve your place at least one week prior to the class date.

Hope to see you soon!

 Sarah x

Friday, 17 September 2010

FURTHER DISCOUNTS - Stampin' Up! Retired List

Stampin' Up! have today updated the Last Chance List and added FURTHER DISCOUNTS on products - only valid until stocks last, or September 30th - whichever comes first.

So what are you waiting for? 

Click on the link below to be taken to the SEVEN PAGES of retiring items and look at the pages with ticks along the right hand column to see which items have been reduced further!

Happy browsing!!

Sarah x

P.S. - Don't forget to check out my Special September offers - click here for details!

Friday, 10 September 2010

September Card-making Class Update

Here are a few examples of the cards made today at my monthly Friday 'Five for a Fiver' class...

Yes, that's only four! My other sample card unfortunately fell into an ink pad and is looking a little sorry for itself.. but you get the general idea I expect!

The ladies were given 4x4" card blanks in the following colours: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Kraft and Chocolate Chip, along with smaller squares of cardstock in the same colours and pieces of Very Vanilla for stamping on.

We used the Cuttlebug and embossing folders for the middle layer and used various greetings stamps along with Dasher to create our cards. Although each lady had the same materials, every card they produced was quite unique! After a little practice, everyone got to grips with using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to align their images, using Sponge Daubers to ink the edges, and using punches in conjunction with the coordinating stamp sets.

  • Dasher
  • Punches Three
  • Sincere Salutations
  • Basic Phrases
  • Tiny Tags

  • Scallop Square
  • Scallop Oval
  • Oval
  • Jewellery Tag

My next class is on Saturday 18th September - 10am to 12noon and  we will be using 'Serene Snowflakes' to make two to three really special Christmas cards for your very favourite people! The price for this class is £10 and includes all tuition, materials and refreshments. To book a place, don't hesitate to call me or email me without delay.

For all the details on my classes, please check out the Cardmaking Classes page.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah x