Independent Stampin'Up! demonstrator for Surrey, Hmpshire and Berkshire

Sunday 25 March 2018

Crafting Live Malvern


So it's been a very busy few days at the show!  Thank you for popping by in such numbers to say hello - I trust that you found lots of inspiration and ideas as you looked at our samples and chatted to us about our products and techniques.

Please don't forget to email me if you are interested in my classes or the retreat in June.  Over the next few days I will start to showcase some of the cards and other items that you saw at the show - giving you hints and tips on how you can recreate them for yourselves!

Saturday 24 March 2018


Is it just me that dreams of summer days?  I don't like it too hot but I do like sunshine and warmth!  So I am hoping for a beautiful summer to follow our extended winter.  Today I would just like it to be dry as I set up at the Three Counties showground for the Crafting Live show.  Join me if you are in the area for some crafty shopping and, great offers and lots of inspiration!

Friday 23 March 2018

Tired but excited!

So this past week has been a bit of a blur as I prepare for my first vendor show in a while.  I'm working with Niki Ridge to run a Stampin' Up! show at the 3 Counties Showground in Malvern.  This is what the stand looked like earlier today!

 Pop back to find out how it looked by the start of the show!


SO I continued my journey into Spring - and I do hope that as I publish this photo we can truely say spring has arrived!

This time I added some of the beautiful colour theory designer series paper as a background.

Thursday 22 March 2018


Since spring started on 1st March it has felt decidedly like winter - snow - in depth and on multiple days!  At least our puppy enjoyed the experience!

So I don't feel too out of step sharing my take on the winter card!  I followed the same idea as Autumn and loved the way this card turned out.

Spring is only round the corner!

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Lets talk about the weather!

 Late last year I came across a fabulous card designed by an american demo called Billie Moan.  She used a combination of  inks to colour her watercolour cardstock and then framed part of it and used the seasonal layers dies to decorate the card.  I fell instantly in love with the card as the colours are very "me".  I have a silk painting in similar colours -also with a leaf decoration - so i knew I just had to have a go.

This was my take on Billie's card.

It also set me on a journey - if this represents Autumn - what could I do for the other seasons?  Join me in the next few days to see how the seasons developed....

Monday 19 March 2018

More Pandas!

I couldn't stop at just one card - so here are more Pandas partying!  I particulary love this card and it's so simple to make.

  • Cut you card base in a tent style fold.
  • Layer a piece of designer series paper on the front!  I chose to use a piece from the fabulously versatile petal passion papers.  Cut it 14.9cm x 10.5cm
  • Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock - 9cm x 14.9cm
  • Use a sponge brayer to add a stripe of colour of your choice across the card front - I used Pool Party here.
  • Add some confetti stamps on the stripe and happy birthday stamp underneath in archival black ink. 
  • Wrap a piece of bakets twine around this card piece and use dimensionals to mount it on top of the card base.
  • Finally stamp your panda in archival black ink on a separate piece of card.  Use a Stampin Write marker to colour the hat and fussy cut your panda.  
  • Attach your Panda to the card with dimensionals.

Saturday 17 March 2018

Party Pandas

One of the most popular sale-abration sets has been the Party Pandas - they are such cute little guys and they make quick and easy cards.  These cards were designed by Louise Sims and made by me at her training day.  You will have to take action quickly though if you want to get your hands on them!

Thursday 15 March 2018

More Epic Inspiration

I had the pleasure of attending a friends training day earlier in the year and one of her teamies had made some fabulous samples with Epic Celebrations - so I thought I would show you  some more ideas.   Photos don't really do the cards justice - but you get the idea!

Tuesday 13 March 2018

An Epic choice!

Ever struggle with cards for the teenagers/men in your life?  Well this fabulous Sale-a-bration set could be just what you need!

Sunday 11 March 2018


Clean and Simple

This is the first card that I ever made as a swap - i had limited supplis so had to keep it very simpe - still one of my favourite cards!

Final Month of sale-a-bration

There's just a few weeks left to take advantage of the fabulous sale-a-bration offers from Stampin' Up!  Not sure what they are?  Well for every £45 you spend during March you get to choose a limited edition item for free!  There are LOTS to choose from - so why not have a browse through the catalogue - reduce your wishlist - and get an extra item for free!

I'm going to post some videos of the products in the next few days to help inspire you.

Have fun

Diane x