Tuesday, 4 August 2020


Good morning all and thank you for dropping by today.

I have two pieces of really exciting news for you.  Firstly, today sees the launch of our amazing new August-December 2020 Mini Catalogue


There are so many amazing new products with lots of seasonal options as well as some beautiful all occasions options.  You really are spoilt for choice.  If you would like to receive a copy of the catalogue or would like to place an order then please let me know.

So, that takes me on to the next bit of exciting news....

Recently I was approached by a group of very talented demonstrators from around the World who invited me to join their amazing Simple Suite Stampers Creative Team.

I feel very honoured and privileged to join this amazing team of demonstrators.  Each month the team produces a Tutorial Bundle which centres on a particular suite of products, across a page range, in one of our amazing catalogues.

There are twelve members of the Team and we each produce a project with 'simple' in mind so all projects are achievable by the beginner, casual or avid crafter alike.

The twelve projects are then collated into one amazing Tutorial Bundle.

The suite for the month of July was Whale of a Time.

So, how can you get your hands on the tutorial bundle...

One - place a minimum order of £25 and receive the bundle for free
Two - Join my Team and receive the bundle each month, whilst active, for free
Three - you can purchase the bundle for £6, that's 50p a project!

I shall be setting up a page for the tutorials but if you can't wait, just drop me an email, you won't be disappointed!

I will be posting my project from the tutorial later today so you can see for yourself the sort of thing the bundle will include.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Stampin' For Christmas August Blog Hop...

Good afternoon and welcome to the first ever Stampin' for Christmas Monthly Blog.

This is an exciting new blog hop which focuses on everything Christmas.  Traditionally other than a Christmas in July event I hold every year, I do not really start my Christmas crafting until around September but I am making an exception for Christmas hops!

You may have joined me from Lisa or starting the hop here.

I have decided to share with you today a card using the brand new Have a Hoot stamp set.  It is such a cute little set with six images of owls for various occasions.  It will be available to order from 4 August so not long to wait!

I have used a Seaside Spray base card with a Crumb Cake layer which measures 12.85cm x 8.5cm.  I then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to measure 12.35cm x 8cm.  I sponged the top two thirds of the Whisper White panel using Seaside Spray ink and our sponge brayers.

I stamped six owl images on Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Staz On ink and lightly water coloured the owls using the Water Painters with Soft Suede and Shaded Spruce inks and the parcels are coloured using a Real Red and Shaded Spruce Stampin' Marker.

I fussy cut out all the owls, three with branches still attached, and arranged them on my card front in a pyramid shape using dimensionals.

I glued the Whisper White panel to the Crumb Cake panel.  I tied on some gold cord and a tag heat embossed in white on to Real Red cardstock.  I attached the layers on to the card front using dimensionals and added a few gems to finish.

All of the products I have used to make this card are shown below and can be purchased from my online shop  (The Have a Hoot stamp set from 4th August).  If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I would love to be yours so please get in touch.

I hope I have inspired you to start your Christmas crafting and I am now going to pass yon on to Kirsty who I am sure will have something amazing to share with you today.

Happy Stampin'


Roll Call List

Product List

Monday, 27 July 2020

"GIFT PACKAGING" Theme Stampers Showcase Blog Hop...

Good afternoon and welcome to the Stampers Showcase Blog Hop. 

 I feel very privileged to have been invited to join this amazing creative group.

You may have joined me from Ange or starting the hop here.  Sit back and enjoy lots of creative projects with the theme of Gift Packaging.

I love making gift packaging.  I love to see the excitement in people's faces when they spend those first few minutes just admiring the packaging rather than the gift inside.

Today I am sharing with you a project which I have created for an upcoming online class.  We are using the lovely Whale of a Time suite and are creating this little backpack.

The backpack is held closed by creating a little buckle on the front.  The ribbon you see on the top can pull through to the back so it looks like a backpack, just a bit of fun.  Here is the back view so you can see what I mean.

I love to try and use up all the offcuts when I can, so the closure is made from the offcuts of card and DSP and the fish are cut from the offcuts of the DSP used on the front and back of the backpack.

I loved creating this project and the Whale of a Time suite is so bright and cheerful.

I hope you have enjoyed my project and I am now going to pass you on to Leonie who I am sure will have something beautiful to share with you.

Happy Craftin'


A list of the other participants are shown below:-

Product List
Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Paper Snips

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Ink & Share July Scrapbook Hop - Punches...

Good afternoon and welcome to the Ink & Share Scrapbook Hop for July.  This month we are creating our layouts using punches.  You may have joined me from Lisa or starting your journey here.

We have such a lovely selection of punches and I have chosen to highlight four of them in my project today.

I have used some amazing new Designer Series Paper soon to join us from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  It is called Gilded Autumn Speciality DSP and being a speciality paper it has some lovely foiled images.

I have used the Tailored Tag Punch to create my background

I punched them out from the DSP and randomly arranged them on my page.  I then mounted my picture and cut out the word AUTUMN using the Playful Alphabet Dies and these were glazed using the Shimmery Crystal Effects.

This picture was taken in Thetford Forest at the beginning of the Autumn so there is still quite a bit of green on the trees but I love this photo of my boy 'Jeffrey' just surveying his surroundings, deep in thought.  The corn was cut from the new Brushed Metallic cardstock, the leaves are from a set of three punches called Autumn punch pack and the stamps are from a new set called Autumn Leaves, all of these will be joining us in the Autumn/Winter catalogue from 4th August!

The items are taken from a complete Suite called Gilded Autumn Suite and I can't wait to share some more projects with you.

I hope you have enjoyed my project and I am now going to pass you on to Cindy who I am sure has something gorgeous to share with you today.

Happy Scrappin'


Roll Call
Jo Blackman - YOU ARE HERE

Product List
Gilded Gems

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