Saturday, 14 December 2019

Under My Umbrella/Glucksregen Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and to the Under My Umbrella Blog/Glucksregen Hop!

You may be starting with me, or you may have hopped here from Germany with Daniela Scholz's (Stempela) Blog.  Either way, you will find a link to the next blog at the end of this post.

I have created a couple of cards using our gorgeous new stamp set Under My Umbrella from the Jan-Jun 2020 Mini Catalogue, which launches on the 3rd January 2020.  I was lucky enough to receive this as my Prize Patrol gift at OnStage in November.

 For my first card I've combined the Under My Umbrella set with one of our Sale-A-Bration offerings for 2020 - The Gang's All Meer (I'll tell you how to get your hands on these SAB items at the end of this post).

I made my card base from Smokey Slate Cardstock cut to 8"x6" (score the 8" side at 4" and fold).  I stamped the umbrella, it's handle, the Meercat Gang and the Chameleon onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Jet Black Stazon and coloured them using our Watercolour Pencils and an Aqua Painter.  The umbrella and handle were punched out using the co-ordinating Umbrella Builder Punch and I used my Paper Snips to fussy cut the gang and Chameleon out.  Using a piece of Whisper White Cardstock measuring 5 3/4"x3 3/4" I used the Lily Pad stamp from another SAB set - Lovely Lily Pad with Pool Party Ink to stamp 3 'puddles' for our Meer Cats to sail their umbrella on (these stamps are made as 'reversible' stamps - a two step method using the back of the stamp to add the filling to the line image).  The line image was stamped at full strength and the filling was stamped off once before stamping over the line image.  My last bit of stamping for this card was to add the sentiment 'no matter the weather we're friends forever' at the top of the panel in Pool Party.

To build the card, attach the stamped panel to the front of the card blank using SNAIL or liquid adhesive.  Attach the Meer Cat Gang to the umbrella dome using Stampin' Dimensionals, then attach another layer of Dimensionals to the back of the Meer Cats, doubling them up for the bottom of the umbrella (ie two pads on top of on another).  Before attaching this layer, lay it in position so you can work out where your handle should go, then attach that to the backing with liquid adhesive.  Now you can attach the umbrella ensemble.  Finally, attach the Chameleon to the umbrella as shown with liquid adhesive.

My second card features a pair of Glittery Yellow Wellies filled with bright flowers.  Yellow Wellies have a special place in my family - my Mum had a pair when my Brother and I were little, and she ALWAYS took them with us when we went camping.  One year she forgot to bring them and it poured down with rain all week!  We blamed it on the wellies and made sure they were the first thing to be packed in the car from the next camp on!!!  It became a long running family joke - seeing these wellies reminded me of my Mum who we sadly lost 18 months ago to the dreaded Cancer.

I used a piece of Highland Heather Cardstock (one of my absolute favourite colours) measuring 8"x6" scored on the 8" side at 4" and folded to make a card base.  Using Jet Black Stazon I stamped the 'life's showers bring love's flowers' sentiment on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock then punched it out using a 2" Circle Punch.  I punched another circle out of Pool Party Cardstock.  These were stuck together using Liquid Adhesive so the Pool Party circle peeks out from behind the White one as shown.  I also stamped the Wellies and a selection of the flower images with Stazon onto another scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, colouring them with our Watercolour Pencils and an Aqua Painter.  I also added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the wellies to give them a bit of sparkle.  The flowers were 'arranged' to fill the top of the wellies and attached using liquid adhesive.

On a piece of Whisper White Cardstock measuring 5 3/4"x3 3/4" I stamped the small Lily Pad from the Lovely Lily Pad SAB set using Pool Party in the two ink strengths as before in the lower left of the card.

Using Stampin' Dimensionals, attach the flower filled wellies over the lily pad puddle, then attach the sentiment panel to the top right corner, ensuring that it goes over the edge of the panel.  Cut off the overlap using a pair of Paper Snips.  Finally, attach the panel to the front of the card base using SNAIL or Liquid Adhesive.

 I hope you liked my projects, and that you will give them a go once the Mini Catalogue launches on 3rd January 2020.

I did promise to tell you how you can get your hands on the gorgeous Sale-A-Bration sets I used.  Well, for every £45 (60 Euro) you spend on any Stampin' Up! Products (before shipping & handling), you can choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.  There's no limit!  Choose something amazing for free with every £45 (60 Euro) or spend £90 (120 Euro) for additional options!  There are loads more products to choose from.  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator already, and live in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or The Netherlands, then I'd love to send you a Mini and SAB Catalogue - just email me at with your name and address and I'll get one in the post to you.

Thank you for joining our Blog Hop - your next destination is Germany with Monika Hamm (Stempelpunkt)  Don't forget to leave some love before you hop on, using the comments form below 😍

Happy Stampin'
Babs xx

  1. Christiane Knapp - Germany - StempelPalast

  1. Emma Goddard - UK - Coastal Crafter

  1. Caroline van der Straaten - The Netherlands - Caro’s Kaartjes

  1. Daniela Scholz - Germany - stempela 

  1. Barbara Maynard - UK - Studio@316

  1. Monika Hamm - Germany - Stempelpunkt 

  1.  Rochelle Blok - Australia - The Stamping Blok

  1. Lotte Noordzij - The Netherlands - A Lotte Stamping Fun

  1. Paula Dobson - New Zealand

  1. Cheryl Taylor - UK - Stampin n Crafting with Cheryldiana 

  1. Maaike van Geffen - The Netherlands

  1. Janneke Dijkstra de Jong - the Netherlands

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Christmas is coming!!

Morning all!  How are you doing?  I still can't quite believe we are in December already but it's true - I know because I have eaten 4 chocolates from my Advent Calendar 😁

Speaking of Advent Calendars, I made two of our Countdown to Christmas kits for my boys this year - they still want one of Mum's Calendars even at 16 and 19!!  We all love a countdown, don't we.  And of course, the sweets and chocolates have a bit of a draw as well 😋

Here is our youngest, James with his calendar.  Sadly Joe's is somewhere in the Royal Mail system on it's way to Plymouth where he is in his second year at Plymouth College of Art studying Game Art Design.  I don't suppose he will be too upset at having to catch up all in one day 😉

Are your kids enjoying their calendars - or are you, like me, enjoying your own? 

Well, the calendar tells me that we are on the 4th December - a bit of a heads-up here.  If you are placing an order at my Stampin' UP! Shop and need the items for Christmas Day, you need to place your order by 15th December at the latest.  If you have a wish list and want to have a surprise on the big day then send me your list and pass my details to your significant other, or whoever else you'd like Stampin' UP! goodies from, and I'll help them to place their order if needed.

We've got some gorgeous goodies coming in January, but don't forget that lots of our items in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue will be retiring at the end of the year (if not sooner if they sell out).  We also have our Year End Clearout running throughout December where you could bag yourself a bargain from your wish list.

Well, I think that's enough from me for now - I'd better get on with making my own Christmas Cards otherwise I will not be popular 😉

Happy Stampin'
Barbara 😚

Monday, 25 November 2019

Save The Date - 14th December 2019!

Well, I think I've now recovered from my 5 day trip to Dortmund!  On the whole, I had a fantastic time at OnStage, the Stampin' UP! Convention, where we were treated to live demos of some of the new products coming our way, a chance to play with some of them during our lunch breaks with gorgeous Make & Takes (photos will follow during this week) and lots of business tips and ideas which have got my little ol' brain cells sparking with plans for 2020 and beyond!

We also received some fabulous gifts including a gorgeous back pack, note book, All Attendees gifts and of course - PRIZE PATROLS.

Some of us who received the Under My Umbrella Stamp Set (Glucksreger in German) have joined forces and will be bringing you a BLOG HOP starting at 8am (GMT) on Saturday 14th December.

All you need to do to see our handiwork is to visit my blog after 8am where you will find my entry.  You can then hop along from one Demonstrator to another via the link at the end of each post until you come back to me.  Don't forget to leave some love on each blog - we love knowing what you think of our ideas, and hope that they will give you some inspiration when the new catalogue launches on 3rd January 2020.

I'd better get on with some projects otherwise my post will be very bare 😁

Happy Stampin'
Barbara x

Friday, 1 November 2019

November 2019 Host Code

Wow - it's November 1st already!  Time for a change in Host Code.

How does this work?

If you place an order via my website which is under £150 (before shipping is added) then please consider using the Host Code S4KJHTF2 where prompted on the order screen.  This adds up all the orders at the end of the month and awards Stampin' Rewards.  It costs you nothing extra, but allows me to claim free products to help with the cost of creating samples for classes and tutorials, as well as keeping the cost of classes as low as possible.

Of course, if your order is over £150 then don't use the code as YOU will be entitled to the Stampin' Rewards to order your own FREE products.

Thanks for your contribution - it is very much appreciated 😘

Happy Stampin'
Babs x

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Butterfly Wreath Re-purposed Picture

Have you ever been browsing in a shop and had a 'light bulb moment'where you can see a use for an item in a craft project?  I had that one day in Poundland when I saw a whole load of 8" x 8" wooden pictures in frames for the bathroom.  Not the sort of thing I would hang, personally, but I still bought 15 of them 😏.  Why?  Because I saw a Coffee & Crafts Class in them.

So - here is what I came up with.

This wall decor could be made using any 8" x 8" open frame - so don't worry if you can't find the one I used.  It would be very easy to adapt the measurements.

The wreath was actually easier to make than it looked - by creating a paper template before I started.

If you'd like to have a go at making one of these for yourself, you can find step-by-step instructions HERE 

Don't forget to come back when you've finished and add your picture to the comments - I love seeing what my followers make.

Happy Stampin'
Babs x

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Can I Get Excited Yet??

I booked my place to the Stampin' UP! Convention - OnStage - back in August.  Places for our conventions get booked up really quickly, so I was on the booking page on the dot of 9.30am to make sure I got my place.

I've been to a couple of OnStage Local events - these are smaller conventions which run parallel to the main event at more local venues.  So for the UK ones I attended, one was held in Birmingham and the other in Telford.  They were great fun - but this one is going to be MEGA fun!!

My room is booked, the train tickets are booked, I've started making my swaps (that is just another level of fun - making cards and 3D projects to swap with other demonstrators from all over Europe and beyond!) - all I need to do now is work out how I'm going to get all my stuff into one wheelie case and a holdall whilst leaving room for all the goodies I will be getting as FREE PRIZE PATROLS and Attendee Gifts!  I may end up with more than just the two bags coming home 😃

November 13th can't come quick enough.  I have a mixture of nerves and excitement at the moment - I've not travelled that far on my own for many years.  Oh, did I not mention ... this one is in Dortnumd, Germany!!  I hope I can remember enough of my O'Level German (now that's giving my age away 😉) to get by.

On top of all that, I recently completed my 5th year as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator!  SU love rewarding us for our efforts so, in addition to a lovely 5th Anniversary Pin, I have been invited to join the other 5 year Demos in a Stage Walk - plus I'll hopefully get to take a photo with Sara Douglas and Shelli Gardner - I am beyond excited about that one 😄

If this sounds exciting - you won't believe where the 2021 Incentive Trip is going .... An Eastern Caribbean Cruise!!!  When it comes to goals, I'm a kinda 'go big or go home' girl!  It's not going to be easy earning a place on the trip - but I'm going to do my best to get there!

If you like the sound of all this plus an extra income or just a discount off your own craft supplies, then I'm always looking for passionate crafters to join my team.  Interested?  Check out the info on my Stampin' UP! Website or give me a call.

Well, I'm off to work on my swaps - here's a little teaser but I'll post photos of the finished projects when I get back from Germany 😉

Happy Stampin'
Babs xx

Monday, 17 December 2018

A Quick Pre-Christmas Update!

Hi Guys

Well, that was a busy few weeks!  I've been to 3 Christmas Craft Fairs with both my wares and demonstrating Stampin' UP! with (hopefully) a few new crafters coming to my classes next year!  Plus, 2 days of 'Christmas Treasure (Island)' performances at Bexleyheath Community Church!  I'm knackered, but it was so worth it to see the kids faces when they got to meet Father Christmas himself.  We even got a family photo of our own (and the boys got some chocolate lol).

Speaking of classes, I have some good news for those of you living in the Bexleyheath/Crayford/Dartford area.  I've managed to get a venue where I can hold my monthly Coffee & Crafts Classes on the THIRD SATURDAY of each month.  So a big thank you to Bexleyheath Community Church for allowing me to use one of their classrooms.  More details can be found on my Facebook Page  - just click on Events.  If you prefer a weekday class, don't panic - I'm still running my Coffee & Crafts @ Basil's Classes on the FOURTH FRIDAY of each month (details are also on Facebook).

We have also added a whole heap of new retired items to the Clearance Rack - pop on over and take a look - I'll be making my way there as soon as I've finished this post!

Another date for your diary is SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY 2019, when I will be holding a Spring & Summer Catalogue Launch Party from 10.30-13.30 at Bexleyheath Community Church, Lyndhurst Chapel, Lyndhurst Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 6DE.  There will be Make & Takes to do so you get to play with some of the new goodies, as well as lots of samples to (hopefully) inspire you!  You will also leave with your own personal copy of the Catalogue as well as our Sale-A-Bration Brochure full of FREE products you could earn through your orders.  Again, details on Facebook.

I think that's about it for this update, except to say that Stampin' UP! UK are running a 'Crafty Giveaway' over on their own Facebook Page - there is a new challenge each day where you could win yourself a prize.  Check them out too, and let me know if you win anything!

Happy Stampin'
Barbara xx

Under My Umbrella/Glucksregen Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and to the Under My Umbrella Blog/Glucksregen Hop! You may be starting with me, or you may have hopped here from G...