Sale-A-Bration Time

Stampin' Up has been in the USA for 20 years now, but only came to the UK last year. Every year in America SU has a Sale-A-Bration and it has come to the UK for the first time ever.

So what's the SAB?

SAB is a time when all customers who spend at least £45 in the Stampin' Up catalogue can choose a free stamp set from the 4 specially selected SAB sets.

So what are the stamp sets?

There are 4 to choose from:

Botanical Blooms - perfect for watercolouring

Yummy - perfect for homemade goodies and presents

Congrats - a sentiment set perfect for so many different occasions

And my favourite one - Polka Dot Punches. I love the flowers and heart in this set all made up of little tiny dots.
So how do I get these free stamp sets?

For every £45 you spend in the Stampin' Up Catalogue, you'll receive a free stamp set. Which one you choose is up to you. Hostesses also receive a free SAB stamp set when they host a workshop with a sales total of £300 or more in addition to the usual hostess benefits - an even better excuse to host a workshop with me.

So how many can I have?

There's no limit to the number of free stamp sets you can have, but you do have to spend £45 in the catalogue for each one. So if you spend £45 you will receive one set free. If you spend £90, you'll receive 2 sets. If you spend £135, you'll receive 3 sets and so on....

So when does this promotion finish?

Sale-A-Bration started on January 1st and continues until February 28th, so there's still plenty of time to place your order and get your free stamps.

So is there anything else I need to know about SAB?

Yes!! If you sign up as a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up is offering you an additional set free from the current catalogue up to the value of £38.95. In addition to this I am also offering another free set for becoming part of my team up to the same value. This means for signing up to become a demonstrator with me you'll receive 2 (yes 2!!) extra free stamp sets with a grand total of up to £77.90!!! Now is definately the time to sign up as a demonstrator!

For further details and information, to place an order or to become a demonstrator, please email me at

Keep checking back to see my uploads of cards made with these 4 sets.

Another swap card

I joined another card swap (I love them - can't get enough of them!) on SCS for Papertrey Ink stamps. The only requirement was to use PTI stamps, but anything else was allowed. I only have 5 of their sets and one of those is a polka dot background making stamp set. I used 2 different stamp sets on this card.

I wanted to go for a pastely-girly card and I think I managed that one. I love PTI's stamps, cardstock and matching inks and ribbons, but the postage is so much more expensive than other American companies and I don't really understand why. I wish they would lower it somewhat so I could order more, but generally the postage is about the same if not more than my actual goods cost. I only order about $25-30 worth at a time to try and avoid the import/customs charges the UK whack on you! I don't know if it would be worth just placing a big order to save on shipping and getting lumbered with the import charges.


Stamps - Women of Life and Butterfly Kisses both from Papertrey Ink

Paper - Lavender Moon and Sweet Blush cardstock both from Papertrey Ink, Non SU white cardstock

Ink - Lavender Moon from PTI, Blush Blossom from SU (my Sweet Blush ink had all dried up, yet my Lavender Moon was still nice and juicy and they are both stored together in the same way! Hmmmm!)

Accessories - Lavender Moon grosgrain ribbon, Lavender Lace Liquid Pears, SU scallop edge punch, Crystal Stcikers gems, Elaine's Doodle Template from Kars (for the butterflies' trails), paper piercer

How long???

OMG I can't believe how long it's been since I last updated my blog!

This has definately got to be one of my new year resolutions, along with the usual lose weight, get fitter kind of ones.

This first card is one I did for a UK based card swap over on Splitcoast Stampers. We had to make a card using the Boo Bear die cuts supplied by the hostess.

I chose to make a girly non-occasion specific card and here he is:

Isn't he the cutest? I generally don't use die cuts anymore on my cards (I have a ton of the sizzix original dies from when I first started card making, especially all the original doll and clothes ones but I never use them anymore). I might have to succumb to buying this one though as he can be made to hold anything in his hand and can be used for such a range of occasions, themes and people.

 Stamps - Best Yet Hostess Set from Stampin' Up (to find out how to receive this stamp set free email me at

Paper - Square card blank from Papermania, Basic Gray cardstock from Stampin' Up, Non SU white and pink cs, white mulberry paper, DP from Rob and Bob Studio

Ink - Basic Gray from Stampin' Up

Accessories - flowers from Craftime, white ribbon bows from Paper Cellar, square and rectangle nestabilities, Boo Bear die cut

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