Happiest of days from Stampin’ Up! Pretty fancy fold card.

Hi everyone!

I made this pretty birthday card live on Facebook on Thursday. It’s so fun to do and uses every stamp in the Happiest of days stamp set!

The sentiments and images would lend themselves not only to birthdays but to lots of other celebrations too such as Wedding, Engagement and Bridal Showers.

The first picture shows the front of the card.


I kept the look soft with Sahara sand and coloured the images in using Watercolor pencils, no need to worry about staying in lines! The imagery is perfect for a more informal look and our blender pens work beautifully with the pencils for that. If you want to used aqua painters to change the card for shimmer, glossy or watercolour paper.



View from the top of the card showing all the internal panels.


I shared the measurements for this fancy fold on a previous post which you can see here

Close up of the panels.


I’ll be demonstrating a brand new project on Facebook Live, Thursday 1 February 8pm. You can find me here:


I’d love for you to join me for chat and crafting 🙂

Below is the list of products I used to make this card, simply click on the picture to take a closer look or to purchase.

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Happy stamping!

Esther xx

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Picnic With You – Stampin’ Up!

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I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am SO ready for Spring! Weather in the UK was particularly yuk yesterday and I want more light, more sun and less cold!

While I’m waiting I created my own but of Spring with ink, stamps and paper (and a few other bits and bobs)

The Picnic with You stamp set is so cute – it even has it’s own teeny weeny salt and pepper shakers 🙂

Obviously it has lots of picnic images but today I decided to focus on the flower basket element.  I would highly recommend the bundle so that you get the dies to cut out all those cute shapes. The basket also has an embossing die which gives a great texture to your project. The magnetic platform will really help when lining up the dies with your stamped images.

Picnic with you bundle

I embossed the card base with the  Simple Stripes embossing folder it makes me think of pretty flowers against a white picket fence.

Picnic with you bundle

I embossed the envelope flap too.

Picnic with you bundle


and we mustn’t neglect the inside!


Picnic with you bundle

Some of the flowers were raised up with dimensionals, as was the basket.


Everything you need to make this card is listed below, click the image for a closer look. Don’t forget to grab your FREE Sale-a-Bration gift with every £45 spend!

Enter the Freebie code when you shop with me and you’ll receive an extra treat from me, if your order is £150 or more keep the rewards for yourself AND get a gift from me.

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Oh so Eclectic from Stampin’ Up! Customer Thank you’s.

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I finally inked a stamp set that I’d been wanting to own for a while! It may surprise you to know that I don’t already own every single stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, my Husband certainly seems to think I do!

My eye was drawn to Oh so Eclectic from the start but you can’t have everything all at once and it is exciting when you get something you’ve been waiting for.



Oh so Eclectic Stamp Set


Pretty isn’t it?

There’s a lot you can do with this set, it comes in a bundle with dies too but I just used the stamp set for today’s project.




Card made with Oh so Eclectic Stamps


I also had a play with Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays, which is the white pattern you can see.

I made a few of them for my customer thank you’s this month. Every order placed in January will get one, I love to send my customers treats, be sure to use the Rewards code when shopping online and you’ll receive extra treats and surprises from me!




Oh so Eclectic
The card measurements are:

Pool party card base (half of A4 and scored at 10.5cm)

Berry Burst card 8.5cm x 6.5cm

Whisper White card 8cm x 6cm

All the supplies needed are below with handy links to my online store.


Bye for now!

Esther xx



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You make me happy – using Stampin’ Up! Happy Wishes stamp set



Today I’m excited to share a project using the beautiful Happy Wishes Stamp Set. You can’t buy this stamp set you can only earn it for FREE! During Sale-a-Bration ,which runs until 31 March, you can earn free goodies when you spend £45 and for the first time this year, we have a second tier of £90 which today’s featured stamp set is from.



It’s yours to choose for FREE with £90 spend in either clear mount or wood mount. It’s a 2 part stamp set because as you can see, you get a lot of stamps!


Happy Wishes Stamp set - Sale-a-Bration 2018
Happy Wishes Stamp set – Sale-a-Bration 2018


The image was stamped in Memento – Tuxedo Black and I used our amazing Stampin’ Blends, alcohol marker to colour the flowers.

I’ve provided an easy at a glance list of products below, just click on the item to take a closer look.


Happy wishes Stamp Set - Sale-a-Bration 2018
Happy wishes Stamp Set – Sale-a-Bration 2018


Card measurements:

  • Cherry Cobbler A5  – Cut A4 in half along the long side at 14.9 and fold in half)
  • Cherry Cobbler 11cmx8cm
  • Designer Series Paper 10cmx14.4cm
  • Whisper White – Thick 10.5cmx7.5cm


Happy Wishes Stamp set - close up
Happy Wishes Stamp set – close up on Wink of Stella


To finish those pretty flowers off, I added a little Wink of Stella because we all need a little sparkle 🙂





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Hearts Come Home – Picture

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I have a piece of home decor for you all today! The Hearts Come Home bundle is SO versatile for many crafting projects and I just had to make a cute little picture with it.


There’s even a die to make tags, you can see it top right on the image above. You can use the houses individually, cut them up or make an entire village!

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I used an Ikea Tysslinge picture frame and it’s quite teeny! 8x9cm to be exact. As you can see I took just one house and tree, cut it 3 times in Real Red, Whisper White and Dapper Denim and paper pieced it to create a multi coloured image. Some Daffodil Delight was glued to the back to create a ‘glow’ in the windows. The tree was cut from Emerald Envy and Early Espresso with a Daffodil Delight star to top it off. The photo doesn’t show it well but I added some sparkle using Wink of Stella.


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Fancy Fold with Memory & More cards

Just in case you didn’t know why Stampin’ Up! named their memory keeping system Memories & More I thought I’d illustrate it with a card! Cards are pretty much the best way to get most messages across of course 🙂


The Merry Little Christmas Memories & More pack includes:

72 Double sided cards

1 x card stock sticker sheet

1 Acetate sticker sheet

4 acetate card overlays

all for only £9.00!

We all want more bang for our buck and the coordination that Stampin’ Up! is renowned for and Memories & More is just perfect for both of those expectation. If you’re a scrapbooker you’ll do amazing layouts with them, or maybe your prefer a quick layout with the pocket system. You could even just add a pocket layout to your Love today Planner.

Those are the obvious so I wanted to think outside of the box a little.




Card recipe

Cut Old Olive card on the short side at 10.5cm (length ways)

Score at 7.5cm and 14.9cm

Stamp sentiment on Whisper White and leave to dry, archival ink has a longer dry time.

Take 2 small M&M cards and 1 large. You may need to take a couple of millimetres off the second smallest card. Trim the large card to 14.8cm x 9.9cm

Wrap ribbon around the second card, I adhered the bow separately with a glue dot.

Adhere all the cards to the base

Add wink of Stella to ornaments on big card, and number 25. Add one rhinestone to the sticker ornament.

Add rhinestones to some of the ornaments

Add  ornament  sticker to first card

If sentiment is dry punch out using 2 1/4 circle punch. Glue on and add holly sticker

Here’s all the supplies you’ll need

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Esther xx

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I love my job! #bts

I think we are all a little guilty of not counting our blessings from time to time, right? We can get caught up in the busyness of life and not take time to appreciate all that is good.

Today I’ve been reflecting on how much I love my job as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and thought I’d give you some behind the scenes of my day.

It started with the usual school run (we cycled) and I almost passed out, again. I will get fit, I will get fit. Quick trip to the supermarket on the way home then a couple of chores to finish before my ‘working day’ started.

But first, tea!


Do you love my pretty mug? We were given them at Onstage on Saturday, along with the pens that are perfect to use with my Love today planner 

I have many exciting plans using the gorgeous Spring/Summer catalogue and some changes to the way I do things that I’ll tell you all about soon!


I designed the cards we’ll be making for the Christmas Cheer Challenge, they are all super easy and perfect for quick stamping. Well, I have set a total target of 200 cards after all! Everyone that attends will receive:

Merry Mistletoe Stamp set
Be Merry Designer Series Paper
2 packs of notecards and envelopes enough to make 40 cards but I ask only for 10 on the day
Be Merry Cardstock Pack
Double-Stitched Ribbon
Metallic Enamel Shapes
All for only £45 – Contents are Worth £58

A great way to kick off your Christmas card making AND supporting a worthwhile cause!

Finally I’ve been busy spreading the word about the Stamparatus. Stampin’ Ups BRAND NEW precision stamping tool that will change the way you stamp for ever!


Make multiples with ease
Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
Develop new and specialised stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
2 magnets to hold the paper in place
Magnet storage areas
Retail Price/£44.00

Okay, I’ve got to have one. how do I get in line?

Stampin’ Up! Are trying a new system for this exciting launch. Usually only demonstrators can take part in a pre-order but for the Stamparatus EVERYONE can part!


The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last only.
  • 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.


Head to my online store 9pm tomorrow (16 November) and reserve your Stamparatus! You won’t have to pay until it ships and you’ll also be able to add extra items to your order at that time.

I hope you had a good day too. If you would like to make crafting YOUR JOB and receive 20% off EVERY ORDER join my team today!


Esther xx

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My team gift for Onstage – Christmas Bauble

I’m back from another amazing Onstage, Stampin’ Ups! twice yearly conference. Fun, friendship, inspiration, and playing with NEW goodies can always be guaranteed and I absolutely LOVE being a demonstrator.

I can’t show you new stuff yet but I would love to share the team gift I made and all the awesome gifts I got in return. Feeling very blessed indeed by all the care and thought my friends put into their crafty gifts.


Much excitement as we wait for the event to start!


With my lovely team leader, Fiona. Photobombed by the equally lovely Carol and Maggie!


The gifts and swaps I received


And this is the gift I made. I got plastic baubles from Amazon and also put some sweets and other gifts inside the bauble. The reverse of the image has gold foil embossed with softly falling embossing folder.

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Z fold Christmas card

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We are only days away from the end of the Merry Patterns FREE Hostess stamp set promotion! I’t s a pretty fancy stamp set so I thought it deserved a fancy fold!


It was a lot of fun to work with and the patterned pieces line up beautifully. To get your hands on it you need to host a party or put through any personal order of £250 or more. How about ordering some planners and kits for Christmas pressies and keep this free stamp set for yourself? Win Win!




Z Fold Christmas Card using FREE Merry Patterns stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Cut A4 Old Olive card (short side) at 10.5 cm
Score at 7.5cm and 14.9cm

Cut DSP at 7cmx10cm
Whisper white piece 14.4cm x 10cm
Whisper white strip 3cm x 21cm

Score Whisper white strip at 10.5cm & 15cm
Stamp sentiments in Memento black as shown, stamp patterned ‘Season’ stamp in Old Olive
Stamp 2 step deer in Memento Black and Old Olive on right of Whisper White insert piece.
Stamp sprigs on left of Whisper White insert piece.

Adhere DSP and Whisper White panels.
Add washi
Adhere white strip 17mm in
Add small tied piece of ribbon, adhere with glue dot.



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