Saturday, 21 April 2018

Caturday: Lake District cat 3


This friendly tabby was found in the heart of Ambleside, and I believe we have met before on a previous visit. She was very obliging, although I wasn’t risking a tummy rub especially as it may have caused her to fall into the road.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Retiring product focus: Bird Banter and Tutti Frutti DSP


I really really love the fruity patterns from the Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper stack but I confess I’m less keen on the co-ordinating stamp set (both are retiring soon, by the way). But when I paired that lovely paper with Bird Banter, I felt like I’d wasted the last few months! Why didn’t I open the paper sooner?

This was the Make & Take for a party this week. We coloured with Stampin’ Blends, which are currently unavailable but I promise you they will be back soon!

Retiring product focus: Bird Banter meets Tutti Frutti


Don’t miss this lovely cute stamp set, Bird Banter. It’s not designed to go with the Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper (also retiring) but I think they go really well together. I especially love this pineapple design.

And the greeting that goes with this one is fun, too...


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Retiring product focus: Pick a Pattern Suite


I know this wasn’t one of the most popular stamp sets in the 2017-18 catalogue but it was one of my favourites as it is so much fun. I love the little dinosaur and the Designer Series Paper is fab.

So it will soon be farewell to Pieces & Patterns and the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. Not to mention the Emerald Envy cardstock that features in the DSP, the Stylized Birthday single stamp on the card on the left and the ribbon from both cards!


To create the main focal points on both of these cards I used a mixture of clear embossing powder and glitter. For the one above I “smooshed” some ink onto some wet watercolour paper and allowed it to dry. Next I stamped and heat embossed Happy Birthday in white, then covered the whole lot with clear embossing powder mixed with a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter and heat set it.


This one is the same principle but without the watercolouring. I simply stamped and embossed in white onto Tranquil Tide cardstock then covered the whole lot in clear embossing powder mixed with a little glitter. It’s a good way of stopping it from going everywhere!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sneak Peek: OnStage Make and Takes


As I clear out my craft room of retiring products – including cardstock and ink pads – I thought I’d change Monday’s focus away from colour combinations temporarily and towards Sneak Peeks.

So today I have two of the gorgeous Make & Takes from OnStage 2018 (you’d have had all four but Blogger is playing up!). This suite is lovely – very much not my usual style but I was smitten and have ordered both the printed note cards (in Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron - whoohoo!) and this beautiful laser-cut Delightfully Detailed DSP. Yes, this is DSP and you’re going to love it...


And finally, the Share What You Love Suite... which will be available to purchase in bundles from 1st May. This Designer Series Paper is stunning – and it’s actually cardstock weight so perfect for making boxes.

What do you think of what you’ve seen so far? Excited for the new catalogue?



Saturday, 14 April 2018

Caturday: Lake District cat 2 (Peggy Hill)


I named this beauty Peggy Hill, as I found her on Peggy Hill in Ambleside on our recent trip to the Lake District. Again, I was surprised to find a cat to pester, as they are usually nowhere to be seen!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Book your slot now for my Colour Club



A Colour Revamp is always exciting, but it can be a big outlay to get your hands on all the new Stampin’ Up!® colours straight away.

What you need is my Colour Club!


Over four months, you will collect ALL 16 new Core Colour ink pads in the great new and improved ink pad design, as well as matching A4 cardstock and a selection of co-ordinating ribbons.


PLUS, everyone who joins my Colour Club will receive this fabulous 7cm x 7cm swatch of cardstock, featuring ALL 53 colours, lovingly and painstakingly labelled by me so you can navigate your way easily through the full range.


What do you get?


For £40 per month*, you will receive the following items each month:

FOUR brand new ink pads** in the new design – by the end of the club (September) you will have all 16 new colours to join the Core Collections.


FOUR sheets of A4 cardstock in the same colours as that month’s ink pads


ONE full roll of ribbon to co-ordinate with one/two of that month’s colours. Over the four months you will receive all of the following:


  1. 1/2” Textured Weave Ribbon in Granny Apple Green (9.1m)
  2. 1/4” Mini Striped Ribbon in Gorgeous Grape (9.1m)
  3. 1/4” Mini Striped Ribbon in Poppy Parade (9.1m)
  4. Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack in Petal Pink/Shaded Spruce (4.6m of each each)




Plus these one-off gifts:



  • Cardstock swatch*** to help you with your colour combinations
  • 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue
  • £15 of FREE products of your choice in your host month


Just want the swatch?

This is available from me at £7, local collection or posted second class within the UK. 

So what are you waiting for? Please reserve your slot now!

(This offer is exclusive to Helen Read, Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator)




Terms and conditions


  • The £40 a month charge is for local collection. If you require your order posting to a UK address, this will be charged at cost. Sorry, I cannot post outside the UK.
  • In Colors are not included in the Colour Club; this is just for the new and returning Core Colours.
  • No substitutions can be made as I will be ordering the discounted bundled of 16 pads each month. 
  • This offer is exclusive to Helen Read, Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and is not an official SU bundle. 




The small print

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