Tuesday, 28 February 2012

My new QR Code!


QR code, I hear you ask!  What’s that then?


QR or Quick Response Codes have been around since 1994 and were originally used to track parts during car manufacture. It is likely you have seen one, even if you didn’t know what it was, usually displayed as black and white squares in a grid pattern reminiscent of a crossword. Essentially QR Codes are a barcode capable of holding significantly more information (thousands of characters as opposed to tens).

Around October 2010 they became a popular tool to quickly link smartphone users through to web pages, provided the phone had a relevant reader installed. Creating your own code is fairly simple with a myriad of free to use generators available, though initially the various options can be slightly overwhelming.”

So, it’s a bit like a barcode that you can scan with your smartphone (iphone, android etc) My QR code allows you to sign up to my mailing list at the scan of your phone. 

So if you want to sign up to my mailing list my QR code can be see below or on the right hand side of this blog.  Give it a go…..


If you want to read more about the QR code you can do so here on Wikipedia.

Thanks for signing up.


Facebook v Twitter


Facebook..Social networking - a way to keep in touch. 

I succumbed to Facebook as I felt it would be a great way of keeping in touch and updating lots of people about Stampin’ Up!  I also have a Twitter account too.

It’s funny though as most people are either Tweeter’s or FB Fans.  Me?  I’m a little from column A and a little from column B on this one. 

When it comes to Twitter, I do love neatness of it.  140 characters.  That’s it, short, sweet and to the point.  I can add pictures, links to other things, tweet about what's going on and what i am doing in short bursts of information.  Excellent use of limited time.

But with a Facebook Page I can put in more information, still add photo’s along with other stuff like video (this is on my 101 crafting things left to do list).  I can also add event’s like  my classes to it so anyone can see and join my events.

Both have their plus and minus’s as does blogging but all of which allow me to keep in touch with you, my followers.  I love knowing that you are out there and checking in with me.

So if you’re a FB Fan or a Twitterer, check out my links, befriend, follow or like to your hearts content.  I’d love to see you on there soon.



Let me know if you have a FB page too so I can pop along and see you!

Back Soon

Carry on Crafting……



Monday, 27 February 2012

Scrap Class


I know, I am sorry.  I did promise to post some photo’s from the Scrapbook class last Monday.  It’s been such a busy week that I overlooked it.  So I am today making sure that I post them up for you and get some more projects ready to post up about later this week.

I hope this fins you well today?  It’s a little cloudy as I sit here writing this post.  Nothing like the warm weather we have had over the weekend.  Without the wind you could have been forgiven for thinking it was summer!

As you may know or may have read previously my classes have a new home.  I always ran my classes from home of an evening.  This has always worked well, but as my 2 little ones are getting older and we are moving home I wanted to get a more permanent home for the classes so that even after I have moved I could continue to see my crafty girls.  Alas, no crafty guys just yet, but here’s hoping that I may get one or two attend someday soon.

I planned a Scrapbook class for my girls around the Tea Time Simply Scrapping kit



This kit is just fabulous, and the girls had a lot of fun making their pages.  I made sample pages for them to copy along with a tutorial giving them all the cutting sizes for the Photo mats etc.  The reason my pages are so simple is because I encourage my girls to step up their pages with their own designs.  Their creative personality shows through the way they embellish and add to their pages.  It also allows me to learn different looks and styles through my girls. 


Here they all are ready for the girls to start…

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This is the Art Room with have at the Harrow Arts Centre.  I laid the tables out ready for my girls, they even had a Big Shot station, a punch station and a stamping station so that they could have plenty of play space on their own area to spread out.

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Now I must just show you this, and it is one of the reasons why I absolutely fell in love with the room……

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Isn’t that window just gorgeous? I love the fact it’s such and old building and that the art block stand proudly on it’s own.  Shame the view is the back of Morrisions but hey ho, can’t have everything can we? 

I am sorry but as we were chatting and creating so much on the day I did get to take any pictures of the girls pages that they made.  Next time I will take some!

If you would like to buy the tutorial for the Tea Time Scrapbook Kit Scrap Class, I will be posting it on my blog soon.

I have a card class this Thursday (1st March), so if you fancy joining in, please do get in touch to book your place.

Keep Crafting & Happy Scrappin’


Friday, 24 February 2012


Current Class Dates

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Thursday 1st March 2012, 7:30 – 9:30pm – Card Class - £15

Sunday 11th March 2012, 10am – 3pm – Stamp a Stack Card Class - £15

Sunday 15th April 2012, 10am – 3pm – Scrapbook Class - £25

*All classes include a product goody bag with everything you need for the class plus more to take home*

Call 07825 655 044 or email sassystampers@gmail.com to book

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Scrap class tomorrow.

Wow, I'm so excited about the scrap class tomorrow. It's the first one of 2012 and it's in the new venue too.

Front of Elliott Concert Hall
The Harrow Arts Centre is a stunning venue in Hatch End, Middlesex and to quote their website....

"Elliott Hall was built in 1904 and was the assembly hall to a much larger, but sadly demolished, building of the Royal Commercial Travellers School. It is named after B. G. Elliott, one time pupil and scholar at the RCT, who was President of the Committee tasked with the funding and building of the hall.

After the closure of the school in 1967 the site was purchased by Harrow Council to house Harrow College of Further Education and St. Teresa's School and Elliott Hall became a listed building in 1983.

An arts venue has been operating on the site since 1988. Harrow Council has been managing Harrow Arts Centre since 2007."

You can find out more about the Harrow Arts Centre by visiting their website here

The class runs from 10am - 3pm and we are going to be making 4 layouts using the Tea Time Simply Scrappin' kit and along with some lovely embellishments.  I'll post some pictures up on Monday for you to see.

Until then, have a good weekend.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Bookmarks….Save me a spot


I do like a good book.  Even with my Kindle app on my iPhone, I still like to pick up a proper book to read.  There's something about curling up holding a book, the smell of the paper, whether it be a new book or a comfy favourite old one.  And for a book you should have a book mark, and what better than to have one that you have made yourself?

Now even if you don’t read lots of books then there is really only one book that you should have a bookmark for and that is your very fabulous Stampin’ Up! Catalogue!

Well a little while ago I made a whole batch of bookmarks for my catalogue launch party and I realised that I never got around to showing them.

Aren’t they fab?


I made an Early Espresso backing that was edged using the Scallop Trim Border punch, and attached a Whisper White Panel in front.  I punched out a 1 3/4 circle in each of the 5 new 2012/2013 in-colors and arranged those on top. 

Using the very versatile Circle Circus set i stamps and image in each of the in-colors, punched these out and glued them directly onto their corresponding circles.

And Early Espresso tab was added to the top and a hole punched through using my Crop-a-dile just did the trick to thread through my Early Espresso Scallop Edge ribbon.

Very easy and no self-respecting Stampin’ Up! catalogue should be without one!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

See you soon.


Monday, 13 February 2012

Last Minute Valentine?


So have you made your Valentine their card yet?  No?  Don’t worry, help is at hand here.

I have a couple of very quick makes for you.  I'm not sure yet which one will be for my hubby Smile

So first up is this no stamp card.  I used the Stampin’ Up! Bigz Scallop Square Clear Die to cut the background out of Cherry Cobbler.


The mat is Whisper White Cardstock which I have embossed using the totally gorgeous Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which i then adhered directly to the base.


I punched 2 hearts from Real red Cardstock and folded these in half to use at the back of the Red Glimmer Heart that I die cut using the Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die.  now the die will not emboss the glitter card so that you can see it but I wanted to use this hear as it has the beautiful scallop edge. Attach the 2 folded hearts to the back of the Scallop heart and stick directly on to the Whisper White mat.

A little Basic Rhinestone just finished it off nicely.  At the back (sorry I did  not get a photo) I attached a whisper White 4” x4” card to write a message in.

So,  next up is this wonderful card that again has used the Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die.The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock which has been spritzed using a mix of Champagne Shimmer Mist with rubbing alcohol in a fine mister bottle and then spritzed on.  I have softened the edges with a sponge dauber and Chocolate Chip Ink.


The greeting comes from the Delightful Dozen set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler onto Very Vanilla.  I punched a small heart out and added it over the little heart on the greeting.

The dotty paper is from out Mocha Morning Speciality papers and the ribbon is the gorgeous Soft Suede striped Grosgrain.  I tied it in the middle which gives it that pinched look under the hear.

Well I hope that this has given you an idea for your Valentines Card ready for tomorrow.

Carry on Crafting.

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Monday, 6 February 2012

Be a Virtual Host or Hostess

Being A Virtual Host/Hostess in a Crafters 10 is a fantastic way to build up your Stampin' Up! collection, spread the costs and BENEFIT as a hostess without having an actual party at your home. 

Whether you are a cardmaker or scrapbooker there is something for everyone within our catalogue.

Here’s how it works:

When you host an actual workshop you need:-

  •  to hold a party within your home
  • to invite your friends round for a fun-filled evening
  • to find a mutually aggreable date to hold your party
  • a minimum of £150 in sales to qualify for £25 of hostess benefits.  

As a Virtual Hostess within a Crafters 10 group, it becomes much easier....

• In a Virtual Hostess Group there are 10 members. There is no party or dates to organise with others.
• The club runs for ten months.
• Each member agrees to spend a minimum of £15.00 per month.
• Each month a different club member is chosen to be the host or hostess.
• You do not actually have to host a workshop at home – it’s like having a virtual party. If you want to you can have a real workshop or get orders from your friends too the month you are hostess and boost your sales.
• When it is your turn to be the hostess you are guaranteed to receive minimum of 25 Hostess £'s to spend in the catalogue either on exclusive Hostess Sets and Accessories or from anywhere else in the main or mini catalogues.

You also get a free copy of the current catalogue . And some months you may also find something extra from me just to say thanks in your parcel!

By joining my Virtual Hostess Club you get the chance to spread the cost while building up your Stampin' Up! collection, and still being able to enjoy the free benefits. It’s that simple.

All orders are shipped to me and I distribute them to everyone in the group.

If you are interested or would like more details then please contact me at sassystampers@gmail.com  

 Hostesses will be chosen in the order in which they contacted me.


Hobbycrafts Show Day 4

Well we all managed to get back to the Hobbycrafts Show at Bluewater, Kent again today despite the snow. The main roads from Bromley where I was staying with Pat and her family were pretty clear. After the car had been cleared of snow we set off taking a slightly longer route to get on the A2 (I think) to head towards Bluewater.

After a slight wrong turn we were back on track as we turned into another road to see a badly damaged car in the road in front of us. It had skidded and hit a lamppost and been left.... Or so it had seemed!

Next thing the doors opened up and both the driver and passenger got out amongst lots of steam or smoke and as we pulled along side we saw both airbags had been deployed! Luckily they were both OK and were in the care of a passerby who'd seen the accident. If we had been a minute earlier it could have been us and not the lamppost that they hit!

Once we had arrived we still arrived with 15 mins to spare. So we got a cuppa to warm up and set us up for the day.

We had a lot of laughs during the day and a fair few die-hard crafters who braved the elements to come see us.

Our Make and Take for the day was designed by Annette. I had a go at making it and you can see it here....

At last today I finally got to take a picture of our stand in full. It looked fabulous. Kim & Shirley had done such a sterling job of settling up in the freezing cold on Wednesday. With all the little bits we each added I think you'll agree it was such a wonderful and inspiring stand.

I'm sorry I didn't get to blog more but we were very busy over the weekend and I didn't have such a good signal in the building to be able to do more updates. That and we were very busy most days meeting all the lovely ladies and gents too that stopped by to see us.

Take care and Happy Crafting!

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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Hobbycrafts Show Day 3!

A little tired today, well this morning anyways. It's been busy and we've met some wonderful crafters and newly converted crafters. We've even had a couple of the guys have a go.

I've been staying with Pat and her family. They have been so much fun to stay with. Pat has been such a sweetie bringing me a cuppa first thing in the morning. I don't even get that at home!!

The day was much busier with many stopping by for the make and take and getting to know about Stampin' Up!

Due to the threats of snow today it did wind down around 4:30 with only a few hardcore crafters still stopping by. This did give me a chance to have a go at today's Make and Take which was designed by the lovely Kim. I love the little bit of bling from our Basic Rhinestones.

Well as I finish this post I'm sitting here at Pat's house watching the snow fall. I hope if you are coming tomorrow you do take care out in the snow. Please pop by and see us. It's been really fun seeing you all.

Im just hoping that we don't get too much snow over the next 24 hours as I do need to get to me family too. I'm missing the little ones and my youngest did ask when was I going to be back to give her cuddles. Bless her.

Take Care

See you soon

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Friday, 3 February 2012

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show

This is the first event I have done of this size. And it a new venue for the show too. If you know the Bluewater Shopping Centre and didn't realise this was on try and pop along. Not only do you get the shopping centre to browse around you can more importantly drop into the Hobbycrafts show.

Now if you do get to come along I'd love to see you! Just ask for me, Elaine, on the Stampin' Up! Stand and introduce yourself. I love meeting my blog readers.

I have a couple of pictures for you too! I have found this really cool app for my iPhone that allows me to watermark my photos on my phone so now the only excuse for not blogging is no Internet or 3G signal!!!

Here is the make and take of mine that our customers got to make on Friday. It's based on a design from the Peterborough training that I went to recently. It uses the wonderful Create a Cupcake stamp set and Cupcake builder punch. I really love this set and will be making some more cupcake bits to show you very soon.

I've taken a couple of photos of some of our display items too. First up is my Wteath made with the Soft Suede striped grosgrain ribbon, the Spice Cake Designer Fabric and co-ordinating cardstock.

I attached the ribbon and the flowers all using very carefully hidden pins. That way when I fancy a change I can undo it all and use those bits on another project!

To finish off tonight just a couple of pictures of part of the stand. If you want to see more pop along to see us. Failing that, pop back very soon for some more pictures. ...

Take care & Happy Crafting!

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