Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hobbycrafts Show–Project Sneak Peeks


As promised here are a couple of sneaky little peeks.  If you want to see them properly, you’ll need to stop by our stand BB30 Stampin’ Up! or wait until next week when I shall blog them for you.

I’m also going to try (if the 3G reception is good there) to blog update you during the day….well maybe not during as we hope to be very busy but maybe at the start or end of the show.

So here are your sneak peeks…




Back Soon – Happy Crafting


Monday, 30 January 2012

A new theme…

A new blog theme and background! So do you like it?  I love it. 
I did like the old one but something just wasn't right with it.  I couldn’t make up my mind what it was and in the end I realised it was too busy looking for me.
I don’t spend much time looking at my blog, I’m usually sitting in the back here writing my posts for all you lovely blog followers and readers out there so when I did go to look at my blog I just didn’t feel it was giving off the right feel for my personality.
So back to the lovely Angie I went and asked her if she would be happy to rework the whole look from scratch again!  Thankfully Angie is such a sweetheart that it was no problem at all and this time I knew more what i wanted.
Now whilst the design isn’t Stampin’ Up! the colours are, well as near to the RGB codes that I could find on the web for them.  There are some very lovely people out there that had already done the hard work  there and so I said to Angie I wanted to go with Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso and Lucky Limeade.  I fancied a little Owl this time and I even gave into a couple of flowers.  And in true Elaine style some bling!  I love the little rhinestones down the scallop edges and the swirl rhinestones in the headers.  They so remind me of our wonderful Basic Rhinestones.
At the side of my blog is a contact button for Angie.  So if you have a little old blog of your own that you feel would like a little refresh go ahead and contact her.  She would love to hear from you.  And if you do get her to update your blog please leave me a comment on this thread and I will pop a little mention on here for you.
Well that’s it for now, I’m still very busy making sure I have got all the bits ready for the Hobbycrafts show that I am doing this weekend coming at Glow Bluewater Events Venue, Kent.  Please be sure to pop by and say hello if you are coming.  You’ll find Pat, Kim, Annette and myself there all set to show you some fabulous projects.  I’ll give you a couple of sneak peeks later.
Happy crafting….

Tuesday, 24 January 2012



Sale-a-bration is one of my favourite times of the Stampin’ Up! year along!  It is a brilliant time to earn free stuff and we all love free stuff don’t we?

Well now is no different – join my team now and not only will you get your starter kit for just £119 (Over £230 goodies) but you can also choose any current stamp set for FREE!!!


When you join Stampin’ Up!, you join through another Demonstrator and if you choose to join my team during Sale-a-Bration I will also give you an additional Stamp Set of your Choice from the main Idea Book and Catalogue.  Thats nearly £330 of goodies for just £119!  How amazing is that? 

You can be a Hobby Demo (just buy for your self at a discount) or be a Business Demo.  Whatever you choose, will be the right decision, because I will help you tailor it around you.

Want to know more?  Drop me a line and lets have a chat. 



Are You Ready To Earn Free Stampin’ Up! Product?


That’s right – Free product!!! It’s Sale-a-Bration time again!

SAB 2012 Banner

From January 24th through to March 31st, Stampin' Up! will be celebrating with Sale-a-bration.

  • Customers will earn free product for every £45 in merchandise they purchase. This includes purchases from the Mini Catalogue as well as the Idea Book & Catalogue.
  • Hostesses have an opportunity to earn even more free product for workshops with more than £150 in sales (as will individual orders for over £150 in merchandise!)
  • Become a Demonstrator. Sign up as a Demonstrator with me during Saleabration and choose an extra Stamp Set worth up to £44.95 For FREE!! The Demonstrator Starter Kit is discounted to £119 - over £290 worth of product and it ships free!
    If you want to start your own business and take advantage of Sale-A-Bration for early sales, or just get your crafting goodies at a big discount - now is the time!

SAB 2012 start here

If you haven't received your copy of the Sale-a-bration brochure, contact me today. I'll be happy to arrange to get one to you.

You can find the catalogue Downloads here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, 19 January 2012

ILWS Mini/SAB Pre-order Swap

One of the benefits of being a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator is being able to order a selection of upcoming products before they are released to you my lovely readers. How brilliant is that?  If you want to know more or would like to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator please get in touch and I can show you how.

So, as I was saying we get to have pre-order items from our future catalogue.  Back at the end of November we received the news that we would be getting our new Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration catalogue in the new year and we could pre order some fabulous products in preparation for that.

One of my Fellow Demo’s, the lovely Pat, organised a swap using only products from those two catalogues.   Ten of us took part and sent Pat 10 of the same card.  She then sent 1 of each persons back to us. 

I used the Spice Cake DSP which I got on a massive 20% bundle that consisted of:-

  • Spiced Paisley Wood-Mount Set or Spiced Paisley Clear-Mount Set
  • Spice Cake Designer Series Paper
  • Spice Cake Designer Fabric
  • Spice Cake Designer Buttons

Wow!!! 20% off all of that!

And here is my submission. Now I do have to admit that the Spice Cake has really grown on me.  I love the way the colours go together so well and the Pool Party just pops out at you!


I used the INSPIRE, CREATE & SHARE stamp from the Charming stamp set and the flowers are from the Spiced Paisley set.  I added and antique brad to the centre of the larger flower and mounted it on Stampin’ Dimensionals

A small piece of Pool Party cardstock sits just behind the DSP which has been edged with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

Now I am not sure if you can see it very well but the Inspire stamp panel has been spritzed with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  I mixed a few drops with some 70% rubbing alcohol in a fine mister that I got from a pharmacy.


I hope you liked my submission.  I had a lot of fun putting them together.

Back Soon


Saturday, 14 January 2012

Post it note holder


Here’s a fab project to make. Desktop Post it Note holders.  Although I am sure you could very well put memo block paper in there to keep by the phone to make notes.

I just knew when I saw it I had to make a batch of them.  I gave some of my children's teachers them as little Christmas Presents.



The papers are from the Hostess Designer Series Papers called Cheerful Treat.  I just love the colours in these papers.

I’ll be back with another project soon.



Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Join me at the Hobbycrafts Show, Bluewater


That’s right, this coming February myself and 3 other wonderful Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are going to be at the Hobbycrafts Show at Bluewater, Kent.

We’re going to have a stand full of all that is Stampin’ Up! Goodness including a free make and take, a free prize draw and some wonderful displays and demonstrations.

You will also be able to order our wonderful products including from our new 2012 Mini Catalogue (maybe even earning some free gifts), sign up as a demonstrator or purchase a catalogue.

A4 Elaine Smith Flyer

The show starts on Thursday 2 February and runs for 4 days!  That’s right 4 whole days – you could come back and see us every day!!

So what are you waiting for, go book your ticket and join us for a fabulous creating experience!

I can’t wait to see you!


Tuesday, 10 January 2012



Well Hello there!

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just like to make cards with a little…..less.

A little less bling, a little less layers, just a little less.  So when I put together this card for you all to see, that’s what I did.

The card base is Old Olive with a Whisper White matting layer.  I stamped the image and sentiment stamp from the wonderful Easy Events stamp set in Staz On Black and then water-coloured the image using my blender pens and ink pads using Old Olive, Daffodil Delights, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.

I punched the image out using a circle punch and mounted it directly onto the decorative scallop circle from the Perfect Pennants Die.


I hope you like it.  I’ll be back soon with more fab projects.

Back Soon

Elaine x

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Happy New Year and Happy New Mini Catalogue

That's right, just as you thought that things couldn't get better we have a new Spring Mini Catalogue.  It runs from 4 January to 30th April.  This is the first Spring Mini in the european market and it has certainly hit the mark.  I have thumbed my way through my copy so many times.  Oh and ordered lots from it. :-)  I just love the new range of wonderful crafting goodies that Stampin' Up! has released.

You can see a copy of the new Mini Catalogue by clicking here.

How many times have you been getting yourself ready for an evening out trying to find the right jewellery to wear?  Not any more.  In the new Mini we have the Simply Adorned range.  Wonderful chic pieces that you can personalise with your own mini works of art.  You have a choice of 4 locket style adornemends to put onto a chain or bracelet, along with baubles and trinkets to produce truly unique and interchangerble jewellery.  They make such wonderful gifts and you can personalise each one to the person, or to the event that they may be attending.  You could even make a whole set of inserts for the larger Simply Adorned Charms.

There is now the most fabulous mess-free Glitter paper in stunning Real Red.  The sparkle off this is truly amazing!  I absolutely love this as a different way to add some pizzazz to a project whther it be for Valentines day or Christmas, a wedding card or an anniversary.  No matter how big or small you want your piece it will not lose it's sparkle.

Gorgeous new velvet ribbon, stamp sets and papers.  There is definitely something for eveyone!  I'll be bringing you some projects really soon.

If you would like a free copy or you would like to place an order please contact me today at sassystampers@gmail.com or on 07825 655 044

Elaine x