Buy One get One Free …………….

Doesn’t that just bring joy to any crafters heart.  Twice the product for your money.

Sunday is my annual BOGOF sale and I am holding this at Ruishton Village Hall, between 1pm and 4pm.

Please drop me an email to let me know if you wish to attend, so that I have a make and take kit waiting for you.

There will be new products on display for you to see, along with my preloved, lightly used stamps and punches which you can choose from when making an order from the new catalogue.  (Orders will be placed on the 2nd June 2015).

Here’s a card and birthday gift set I made for my Aunt last month.  Sadly this set, Moon Lake, will be retiring at the end of the month.

   
    I love this set and really enjoyed colouring it in with the Many Marvellous Markers.  Hope you like it.

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Plenty to shout about

Hi everyone.

I just wanted to show you this gorgeous card made using the Sheltering Tree stamp made for one of my new downline, Jan Plenty.
Welcome Jan to the Crafting Birds.  I hope you have fun and enjoy your Stampin Up journey.

All of my newbies get a gift from me and I made Jan’s using retired DSP, but teamed it with a current stamp Set.

  
I’m sorry because my photos keep flipping and I have no idea why.  I have an appointment with a computer teacher this week to help me learn a bit more…… scarily the teacher will be in their 20’s I expect and I’m some old computer illiterate 40 something, who find this all very confusing.

I do hope you love the colours here.  I used Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder.

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Almost missed out on this one …..

you know those stamps that sometimes don’t inspire you in the catalogue.

The ones you think….. I’ll get that another time ….. Don’t!  

That’s what I did, and I didn’t get this gorgeous stamp until March, a month before it retired.    I’m really sad, as I would love to be able to use it more.  

Which stamp ……  Stipples Blossoms …..  It’s stunning and I know it’s gone, but I had to show you these.
  

   
  

        I just love this image, and have fallen in love with two step stamping all over again. 

See you again soon.  

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New Logo, Fat Paper and a Road Trip

Morning lovelies and how are you?

The last few weeks have been amazing, I’ve packed so much in and seen so many of you.  Its been great.

So what have I been up to?

There’s been lots going on here …….. But first ….  Do you love my new logo?  Don’t you think it looks just like peonies?  I love it.  Thank you to the lovely Catherine for working so hard.  

Fat Paper and my Road Trip

I was lucky enough and very honoured to be asked to give a MAX and WOW presentation at the Stampin Up! Regional event in Telford last weekend.  This is a day where demonstrators (hobby and business alike) get together, play with new products, get creative and also do a little bit of training.  Its an awesome event and one I would highly recommend.

Anyway I received the phone call back in March, from the lovely Paula Gorry, asking if I would take part in the event.  Astounded and shocked, but highly delighted I said yes. I was really lucky I was being partnered by my lovely friend Mikaela Titheridge.  Then the nerves kicked in ………….. what if I fluffed my lines, what if my demonstration pieces weren’t like ……….. you know the kind of things.

So in April my Kit arrived.  All new products from the new 2015/16 Catalogue.  I was given the Bohemian Suite of products.

My first thought ……………… its all straight lines, I can’t do this, but I love the colours in the new DSP.  As I started to play I fell completely in love with this suite of products.  Its just so gorgeous, from the embossing folders to the washi tape, its just so lovely.  I came up with a box, eight different cards and my take on the box in a bag, that everyone is currently making.  I even managed to make flowers from diamond shapes in the stamps.

So the big weekend arrived, and the event began.  On Friday I got to spend some amazing time with some of my downline and also with my upline and other demonstrators.  The road trip started early Friday, alongside two of my downline.  It was great fun, and we didn’t stop chatting the whole way.  Afternoon Tea, Steak Dinners and lots of laughs were just some of the highlights.

  
Saturday morning arrived along with 350 demonstrators all every excited, and keen to see what everyone on the Design Team had made.  There were lots of gorgeous amazing makes and some great presentations by other Demonstrators.

The day whizzed by and soon it was my turn.  I was partnering with the lovely Mikaela Titheridge.  We introduced ourselves and so it began.  All went well until I tried to say “flat” paper.  It came out FAT, not just once but twice.  Oh well, it gave everyone a huge giggle.  Me included.  

Here’s my first four cards and their little holder, made from “fat” paper.  I’ll show you the rest on Saturday.  

  
          

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RETIRING ……………. Stampin UP products, not me

Sorry folks you can’t get rid of me that easily.

I’m not retiring, I love Stampin Up too much.

Its lots of the lovely products that are retiring, ready for the new launch in June.

I’m really really excited about this opportunity as many of the products are reduced in price and there are some great bargains to be hand.

Here’s the link

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2015_EU_RetiredList/EU_retiredList_ENG.pdf

Don’t forget to pop back to my shop to order all your lovely new goodies.  And for everyone that does there will be a little something winging its way in the post to you.

Here’s my shop

www.crunchiecrafts.stampinup.net

You can also find me at the Creative Craft Show at Shepton Mallett this week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Stand A10.  Why not pop by and say hello.

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Big changes at Crunchie Crafts.

Hi everyone,

Firstly I just wanted to say Hello…….  I am still here, but Crunchie Crafts has moved.

My new website is www.crunchiecrafts.co.uk

Yay, please hop over and take a look.

Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to email, text, ring or pm me, making sure I’m ok.
Huge thanks to everyone who has ordered, I hope you all enjoy the extras you get in your parcels.  It’s only a small thank you, but I just wanted you to know I appreciate each and every one. 
Also thank you to all those who are joining in Sale-a-Bration. I hope you are enjoying your fantastic free goodies with every £45 order.
Excitingly, from today there are 4 new items you can get free, and they’ve definitely saved the best until last.  So beautiful.  
These are the new items.

I hope to speak to you all soon.
As always I would love to see your creations and look forward to creating fantastic thank yous for everyone who orders.  
Big hugs. 
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Beautiful Bunch – 4 ways with this gorgeous Stampin Up stamp

In December, amongst the Christmas madness I ran a class for my girls that was completely non-christmas.

We decided upon the #BeautifulBunch stamp set and the girls wanted some different folds.

So here’s what I came up with.

 This is a gatefold card.

Love this fold.  It zigzags and is super cute

 This is an easel card thats sits on the edge of a shelf

 and lastly a simple card with a tag on it.
We used a variety of colours.  Sorry the lighting was a bit rubbish the day these were taken.  

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Caravan of Love

Hi everyone.

Do you ever have times when someone does something so kind for you and doesn’t want anything in return.  You know those small random acts of kindness that make such a difference.

A couple of days ago this happened to our family.  I had asked lots of people for help in many official departments, and everyone had rudely refused.  Then on asking a local business they stepped in and helped.  Not their job, not in their remit, but as an act of kindness they helped, and in return wanted nothing.  Wow.  I was very touched and extremely moved.

I wanted to show my appreciation, so of course I turned to my craft.  (Oh and a couple of nice bottles of wine for them).

I sat and made this card using the new love stack in the Spring Summer catalogue.  And I love it.

How cute is that.

Don’t forget if you would like a copy of the new catalogue and the Sale-a-Bration brochure just email, text or pm me on Facebook.

Have a great day, and don’t forget just one small act of kindness can make such a difference.

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18 ………. my baby is 18 ….

Hi everyone.

Firstly I hope that you all had a great Christmas, and a great New Year.  I hope that this year brings you all lots of lovely times and great health.

Yesterday was a very special day in our household, my baby turned 18.  (Boy do I feel old!!)

To celebrate I wanted to make something special for her and I have used some of the new Spring and Summer catalogue items.  Can you spot them.

This is the card I made for her.  I have heat embossed the background in vanilla embossing powder and then used sponges to ink it up.  I created the badge using a bigz die and then heat embossed 18 on it before adding dazzling diamonds glitter.  I have used a selection of stamp sets to do this. Metro type and then some from the new spring summer catalogue and the sale-a-bration catalogue.

Heres the inside.  Again heat embossed in pool party and blushing bride.
Here’s part of the haul of presents she got …….
I bought and decorated a frame to mark this special day.
Again a piece of A4 whisper white was heat embossed before being ink distressed.  There are five stamp sets used.  
I then mounted the tags and some hearts before inserting behind the glass.
The front of the glass has tags, bows and butterflies added to it to give it some dimension.  
Its so pretty and the combination of Bermuda Bay, costal cabana, pool party and soft sky are amazing.
She loved it.
I also wanted to mention that from today our Sale-a-bration promotion is running.  During this time any order of £45 or more will qualify for free goodies.  You can order from the clearance rack, the main catalogue and the new Spring/Summer catalogue.    How exciting is that.
Look in my sidebar for the links to the new catalogues.  
I can’t wait to see what you create using all the lovely new products. 
I’ll be back again soon with more pictures using the new products. 

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My final Sunday ………….

over at Sunday Stamps.  I am of course using Stampin UP products in this challenge.

I have loved being a guest designer this month.  Thanks again to Holly and everyone else for making me feel so welcome.
I would love to come back again.
Anyway here’s the final challenge for November …….. can you believe it, in less then 1 month Christmas will have been and gone and we will be looking forward to 2015.  
Anyway with that in mind …… and the fact that you may be Christmas’d out I focused my colours for this sketch on Autumn.
Here’s the sketch
Its challenge SSC 90

Isn’t this just a great sketch.  Now I love being able to create layers, so this was perfect.
Firstly tho, I chose my colours …….. for this card I have used Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie.  Not normally my colours but I used the Colour Coach to challenge myself even more.
Firstly I stamped the images in Chocolate Chip and Real Red, using the Bordering Blooms Stamp Set.
Then using the Banner Punch I cut the strips into banners.
Before matting and layering onto the cardstock.
I loved this effect so much I even put them inside.  Isn’t it nice to be able to decorate the inside to match the front.  Makes everything just that little bit more special.
As always all the products used today can be purchased in my online shop.
So pop over to Sunday Stamps and enter into this fortnight’s challenge.  I will be popping over to check out everyone’s entries.
Don’t forget to order your supplies today, because for the last time this month I am giving a free gift to everyone who places an online order of £50 or more today.
Big hugs

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