Monday, 23 April 2018

Sneak Peek: OnStage Make & Takes



These are some of the Make & Takes from OnStage this year; they were all really impressive this year. 

Having spent a couple of months working with this beautiful stamp set, Rooted In Nature – which is one of the stamp sets I received for my Display Board project – I was happy to be inspired to use it in yet another way. 

The set is absolutely gorgeous, themed around trees of course, and again, you’re going to love it. 


I confess when I first saw this set, my first thought was that this meant the end for Lovely as a Tree but no, the good news is, we get both!



This is another speciality DSP in the new catalogue; in fact, it’s Designer Vellum, from the Graceful Glass Suite. You can colour the vellum with either Stampin’ Write markers or Stampin’ Blends. 


There are two of the brand new In Colors on here – the collection really POPS this year!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Caturday: Lake District cat 3


This friendly tabby was found in the heart of Ambleside, and I believe we have met before on a previous visit. She was very obliging, although I wasn’t risking a tummy rub especially as it may have caused her to fall into the road.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Retiring product focus: Bird Banter and Tutti Frutti DSP


I really really love the fruity patterns from the Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper stack but I confess I’m less keen on the co-ordinating stamp set (both are retiring soon, by the way). But when I paired that lovely paper with Bird Banter, I felt like I’d wasted the last few months! Why didn’t I open the paper sooner?

This was the Make & Take for a party this week. We coloured with Stampin’ Blends, which are currently unavailable but I promise you they will be back soon!

Retiring product focus: Bird Banter meets Tutti Frutti


Don’t miss this lovely cute stamp set, Bird Banter. It’s not designed to go with the Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper (also retiring) but I think they go really well together. I especially love this pineapple design.

And the greeting that goes with this one is fun, too...


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Retiring product focus: Pick a Pattern Suite


I know this wasn’t one of the most popular stamp sets in the 2017-18 catalogue but it was one of my favourites as it is so much fun. I love the little dinosaur and the Designer Series Paper is fab.

So it will soon be farewell to Pieces & Patterns and the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. Not to mention the Emerald Envy cardstock that features in the DSP, the Stylized Birthday single stamp on the card on the left and the ribbon from both cards!


To create the main focal points on both of these cards I used a mixture of clear embossing powder and glitter. For the one above I “smooshed” some ink onto some wet watercolour paper and allowed it to dry. Next I stamped and heat embossed Happy Birthday in white, then covered the whole lot with clear embossing powder mixed with a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter and heat set it.


This one is the same principle but without the watercolouring. I simply stamped and embossed in white onto Tranquil Tide cardstock then covered the whole lot in clear embossing powder mixed with a little glitter. It’s a good way of stopping it from going everywhere!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sneak Peek: OnStage Make and Takes


As I clear out my craft room of retiring products – including cardstock and ink pads – I thought I’d change Monday’s focus away from colour combinations temporarily and towards Sneak Peeks.

So today I have two of the gorgeous Make & Takes from OnStage 2018 (you’d have had all four but Blogger is playing up!). This suite is lovely – very much not my usual style but I was smitten and have ordered both the printed note cards (in Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron - whoohoo!) and this beautiful laser-cut Delightfully Detailed DSP. Yes, this is DSP and you’re going to love it...


And finally, the Share What You Love Suite... which will be available to purchase in bundles from 1st May. This Designer Series Paper is stunning – and it’s actually cardstock weight so perfect for making boxes.

What do you think of what you’ve seen so far? Excited for the new catalogue?



Saturday, 14 April 2018

Caturday: Lake District cat 2 (Peggy Hill)


I named this beauty Peggy Hill, as I found her on Peggy Hill in Ambleside on our recent trip to the Lake District. Again, I was surprised to find a cat to pester, as they are usually nowhere to be seen!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Book your slot now for my Colour Club



A Colour Revamp is always exciting, but it can be a big outlay to get your hands on all the new Stampin’ Up!® colours straight away.

What you need is my Colour Club!


Over four months, you will collect ALL 16 new Core Colour ink pads in the great new and improved ink pad design, as well as matching A4 cardstock and a selection of co-ordinating ribbons.


PLUS, everyone who joins my Colour Club will receive this fabulous 7cm x 7cm swatch of cardstock, featuring ALL 53 colours, lovingly and painstakingly labelled by me so you can navigate your way easily through the full range.


What do you get?


For £40 per month*, you will receive the following items each month:

FOUR brand new ink pads** in the new design – by the end of the club (September) you will have all 16 new colours to join the Core Collections.


FOUR sheets of A4 cardstock in the same colours as that month’s ink pads


ONE full roll of ribbon to co-ordinate with one/two of that month’s colours. Over the four months you will receive all of the following:


  1. 1/2” Textured Weave Ribbon in Granny Apple Green (9.1m)
  2. 1/4” Mini Striped Ribbon in Gorgeous Grape (9.1m)
  3. 1/4” Mini Striped Ribbon in Poppy Parade (9.1m)
  4. Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack in Petal Pink/Shaded Spruce (4.6m of each each)




Plus these one-off gifts:



  • Cardstock swatch*** to help you with your colour combinations
  • 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue
  • £15 of FREE products of your choice in your host month


Just want the swatch?

This is available from me at £7, local collection or posted second class within the UK. 

So what are you waiting for? Please reserve your slot now!

(This offer is exclusive to Helen Read, Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator)




Terms and conditions


  • The £40 a month charge is for local collection. If you require your order posting to a UK address, this will be charged at cost. Sorry, I cannot post outside the UK.
  • In Colors are not included in the Colour Club; this is just for the new and returning Core Colours.
  • No substitutions can be made as I will be ordering the discounted bundled of 16 pads each month. 
  • This offer is exclusive to Helen Read, Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and is not an official SU bundle. 




Wednesday, 11 April 2018

An exciting Colour Revamp!

Whoohoo! We’re getting a Colour Revamp! No, not a Refresh (that’s just a mini tweak) but a full-blown Revamp! Here are the details...


Yes, all of the above are leaving us, so please do stock up if you think you can’t live without any of them. And I urge you not to delay as they are only available while supplies last!

But before you go into mourning, let’s take a look at the exciting NEW colours we are getting in their place. We have 10 brand new core colours!


PLUS... back from beyond the grave, some of our old favourite In Colors... finally promoted to the permanent collections!


The eagle-eyed will have spotted that Flirty Flamingo is back before it’s even gone! That’s a pretty quick comeback, isn’t it?

So how do they shape up as a collection? The biggest change is that will we have THREE extra colours! We will have four collections of 10, as before, but Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black have been booted out into their own little club of "Basics", which makes sense.

And you’ll see some COLOUR in the Neutrals! This is because focus groups and feedback told SU that these are the shades that are generally used as neutrals. Nothing is done on a whim, you know – it's all very scientific!


Don’t they look fresh and exciting in their new collections? The Brights have become brighter... the Regals have become richer... the Subtles have become cleaner... the Neutrals have become so much more versatile.

What about the In Colors? You’ll love these if you’re a fan of Brights. They’re perfect for celebrating Stampin’ Up!® 30th anniversary as they have a real 80s vibe and will fill a need for people who love to create projects in their school/team colours etc...


So that’s that. Exciting, eh? Let me know what you think in the comments please!

Monday, 9 April 2018

MASSIVE sneak peeks!

Picture: Tricia H

I was honoured to be invited to create projects for the display boards at last weekend’s OnStage event. For those unaware, OnStage is a huge gathering of demonstrators, all over the world – the UK event was in Telford and welcomed more than 500 demonstrators.

Picture: Tricia H

For my project I was sent a big box of brand new, unseen Stampin’ Up!® goodies – some weren’t even in their proper packaging yet – way back in February. I have had to keep these a secret since then which has NOT been easy! SU were more than generous and I was very excited with the products I received.

There’s no room to show them all off here so I have created an album which can be found at at my All Things Stampy Facebook page. There you will find a close-up of every project, so please go take a look!


No post yet but it will be worth the wait!

Please be patient!

Please come back this evening (after 8pm) to see some amazing sneak peeks from the upcoming Annual Catalogue!

I don’t normally share products this early as I think it’s a bit unfair if you can’t get your hands on them for almost two months, but I made samples for the OnStage 2018 display boards which other demonstrators are sure to be sharing, so I thought I’d better join in this time!



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Caturday: Lake District cat 1


I love visiting the Lake District but tend to resign myself to a cat-free week as there just aren’t that many to be seen in and around Ambleside. Could have something to do with the huge number of visitors’ dogs! But we struck lucky on our first day this week, with this gorgeous kitty, sunning herself on a car bonnet. She even rolled over for us...


Friday, 6 April 2018

Waterfront “painted” beach scene



Inspired by US demonstrator Tami Hewlett, I just had to have a go at her fabulous beach scene using the gorgeous, must-have Waterfront stamp set. I don’t love mine as much as I love Tami’s but it was fun having a go!


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Bird Banter meets Wood Textures DSP


Another UFO gets thrown together for my last-minute blog projects... this time some colouring with Stampin’ Blends on the fabulous Bird Banter stamp set. I love this Wood Textures paper, too... and am happy to say that I ’ve heard on the grapevine that it will be carrying over to the new catalogue. Hurrah! Hope Bird Banter makes the cut, too - it’s such fun.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Foxy Friends meets Wood Textures DSP


The theme for this week’s blog - if a theme is needed - is UFOs (UnFinished Objects).

Would you believe this is only the third project I’ve ever made with this fabulous stamp set? And I remember wanting it so badly when it came out. I’ve no idea what has been holding me back but a sudden need to complete some UFOs has brought about its sudden appearance.

I realised last night that I had nothing for this week’s blog posts so hastily finished off some UFOs - thankfully, I have plenty to choose from. I knew they’d come in handy one day.

Honestly, I have been crafting up a storm but I’m not allowed to show you any of it just yet as every single project features brand new as-yet-unseen products from the upcoming Annual Catalogue.

I’ve made 30-odd projects for the Display Boards at OnStage in Telford, then yesterday I made a batch of team gifts for the same event, along with some team recognition cards and gifts (to be given out on the day or posted out to them after the event). So I'm sitting surrounded by lovely craft projects (at least I think they’re lovely!) and they ALL have to stay under wraps. The wait will be worth it, I promise.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Caturday: Tabitha 'helping'


You’ve met Tabitha before; she belongs to my loyal customer Tracey. And here she is “helping” Tracey unpack her bag from the All-Day Craftathon the other week. She really means business, take a look...


Friday, 30 March 2018

Tutti Frutti cards with In The City hostess stamp set


These are this month’s Thank You cards for my lovely club ladies. I had a fun morning stamping these little street scenes using the colours from the cards - get me with my Calypso Coral tree! Normally that sort of thing bothers me, so I must be evolving.

Don’t forget these Tutti Frutti cards are only available until TOMORROW, which is when Sale-a-Bration ends - they are one of the items you can choose free with a £45 order.


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Waterfront with Sweet Sugarplum


Today pink mountains... and come back Friday for orange trees. What is happening to me?

This card is a timely reminder that Sweet Sugarplum is due to retire at the end of May as it is part of the 2016-18 In Color collection. In Colors are always the first items to sell out, and Sweet Sugarplum has been the most popular colour from this batch, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Waterfront should be around until the end of May, while supplies last but still, if you really want it, I personally wouldn’t delay as that too has been really popular.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Mix It Up Monday: Celebrate You dies



It’s a watercolour theme for today’s Mix It Up Monday project, so I needed juicy ink pads or ink refills. Fortunately I found a colour combination from my In Color charts that fitted the bill.


These cards are for the latest group of ladies who have joined my team. I’m proud to say that we’ve had a record number of people joining the team this year… all taking advantage of the two extra stamp sets you can choose for your Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration (which ends on Saturday!).

If you’d like to join, you can do so by clicking this link. All you have to do is choose up to £130 of catalogue products, and two stamp sets on top of that. Just make sure they are paid-for items - ie you can’t choose SAB items or stamp sets from the Stampin’ Rewards section of the catalogues. The cost is £99, and you won’t need to meet your first quarterly minimum until the end of June. 

Back to the cards… I began by stamping and white embossing some flowers and circles, then I spritzed the watercolour paper with water before adding splashes of ink, allowing them to run into each other. 

It was a similar process for the word “celebrate” – I painted the watercolour paper first, then die-cut it. You probably can’t see from the photo, but I’ve gone over the whole word with Wink of Stella to give it a satisfying shimmer. 

The Celebrate die is part of a Sale-a-Bration product but rest assured it is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue which comes out in June, so there will be another opportunity to get your hands on it. 




Saturday, 24 March 2018

Caturday: Sawyer


If waiting for spring is getting you down, why not take a leaf out of Sawyer’s book? This is his favourite pastime, according to his owner, Sue. Doesn’t surprise me - we have a ginger boy who favours this position, too.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Springtime Foils Week Part 3: Sponged in Flirty Flamingo


To conclude Springtime Foils week here at All Things Stampy, here’s a really delicate project using shades of pink.

I love that you can easily add colour - here I’ve just sponged some Flirty Flamingo ink (retiring soon!) quite roughly, but it still looks lovely.

This card was heavily inspired by this project by Monica Gale – it’s definitely not my usual colour scheme or style, but it’s always good to challenge yourself.

Don’t forget you need to hurry if you want to order this Designer Series Paper as it’s a Sale-a-Bration freebie and therefore only available until the end of March.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Springtime Foils Week Part 2: Colouring with Stampin’ Blends


Here is a really fun way to use the striped sheet. I simply used my Stampin’ Blends to colour the stripes in candy shades. I used the light shade of each colour, and try not to go over the edges or the colours will blend into each other (don’t zoom in!).



The box is made with a 6"x6" sheet of DSP and the Envelope Punch Board. Simply punch and score at the 2" and 4" marks, then assemble into a cute little box. I punched holes in the flaps and threaded ribbon through to tie it closed. I finished it off with a piece of the leaf patterned DSP, coloured with Blends and fussy cut.

Inside are some tiny dog-shaped shortbread biscuits from Sainsbury s for my host, Mandy, who has a Scottie dog and is therefore obsessed with all things Scottie dog!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Springtime Foils Week Part 1: Mixed Metallics gift bags


No Mix It Up Monday project today as I’m working on a super-secret crafting project so have no time for any other crafting.

Instead, it’s Springtime Foils week here on AllThingsStampy, as I show you some projects using the gorgeous Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration).

These are the gift bags everybody received at my All-Day Craftathon on 10th March. I really milked the “mixed metallics” trent here with these gorgeous gold-striped bags, some silver glimmer paper and the Springtime Foils DSP which I sponged in Flirty Flamingo and *gasp* Peche Fraiche. The strip was brayered in black to give the copper dots a striking background.

Each bag contained a pretty guest soap, but my friend and helper Kelly needed a bigger gift, in a bigger package, so I made her this...


For the body of the pouch I used the beautiful floral sheet from Springtime Foils, and didn’t ink it or sponge it or colour it at all. It’s just beautiful as it is.
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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Caturday: Ajax


Sorry for the late post but I ’ve been out today, crafting with Ajax and his Mum, who is one of my downlines. He doesn’t look too happy about having his picture taken, does he?

Friday, 16 March 2018

Flirty Flowers envelope pouch


The final project of the day from my All-Day Craftathon last weekend was this clever pouch made from three standard envelopes. I found the idea on the blog of a Dutch demonstrator called Carmen Morris and adapted it for the lovely Petal Passion Designer Series Papers and Flirty Flowers stamp set.


This paper is so versatile because you can stamp on it and make it fit any colour scheme you like. It’s black and white, so we stamped extra leaves (from Petal Palette) in Lemon Lime Twist to bring the colour scheme together. 

What I forgot to photograph was the flip-down section on the left inside the pouch - this is another little pocket which is just sized perfectly for a gift card or a packet of postage stamps.


Inside the left pocket of the pouch are these cute little notecards. You’ll find these in the Spring/Summer catalogue but they fall into the “I don’t think they wanted you to see them” category, as they are pretty well hidden on page 19. So if, like me, you tend to skip the Valentine’s stuff, you’ll miss them!


In the right hand pocket is this slim notebook which is simply covered in a piece of DSP. We had to avoid any bulk on this, and on the note cards, otherwise they wouldn’t fit inside the pockets, which are simply envelopes so not particularly roomy.

It’s a fun project which can be adapted to include all kinds of goodies – hop on over to Carmen’s blog to see what she put inside hers!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Tutti Frutti notecards Panda pouch


This project, from my All-Day Craftathon at the weekend, used the Tutti Frutti Notecards from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Everybody made four cards, one in each colour, and an envelope box to put them in. Stamp set? Party Pandas of course!



Monday, 12 March 2018

Petal Palette candle and pocket card


This week I will be showing you the projects from my All-Day Craftathon at the weekend. There were three classes throughout the day, in no particular order. This one was ideal for Mother’s Day, or could be used for other occasions, to. There’s a candle in a box, and a pocket card. Guests could choose their colours as they each had all of the 2017-19 In Colors at their disposal...






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