What you need to know about Sale-a-bration 2018!



I hope you are having a great start to the new year. For me personally it’s going to be a special year; I’m getting married (yay!), My brother is turning 40 (hooray!), my grandmother is turning 90! (WOOOT!?! when did time go so fast?) and I’m turning 30 (yay-ish yay. and many of my friends are turning 30 as well. YAY!). Do you have a lot of special events or anniversaries coming up too?
And not to forget Stamping’ Up! is celebrating 30 years this year too! You can expect lots of good sales and exceptional products. Please sign up to my blog to stay touch for more news about this.

Enough about me. Let’s get what this post is really about; the amazing Sale-a-bration from Stampin’ Up! This years Sale-a-bration is slightly different. It is still going to run from 3rd January until 31st of March. This year the reward system has been slightly changed as the Sale-a-bration items this year are exceptionally awesome. I will upload the catalogue for Sale-a-bration and the 2018 spring catalogue tomorrow! please let me know if you would like a physical catalogue here.

This years reward system is different in that there are better rewards when you spend £90. As always you earn free Sale-a-bration rewards when spending over £45. Lets say you spend £90 then you can pick 2x £45 reward items or 1x £90 reward item from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue – instead of only 2x £45 reward items. The value of the reward items adds up to what you have spent for.

This year there is a huge variety of items to pick from e.g. cute Panda stamp set to designer series paper to word DIES. Yes, there are dies this year 😀

On that note the word dies are going to continue over in the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue (launches June 2018), so why not get them now for free?! There is also a coordinating stamp set in the Sale-a-bration catalogue and they coordinate fantastically. The coordinating stamp set is not going to be carried over in the new Annual Catalogue – so get it while you can. There could be another coordinating stamp set for the dies in the new Annual Catalogue – making these dies even more versatile! These dies are THE must have from this years Sale-a-bration catalogue but to be completely honest there are so many great items that it is difficult to pick just one!

Just like last year there will be another Sale-a-bration catalogue coming in February! Both Sale-a-bration catalogues will run until 31st March.

If you haven’t got a demonstrator then I would love you to pick me and shop through me by using my shop and host code (get free product this way!).
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Many thanks
~ Christina


New Catalogs coming soon. Let me know if you need one!

year end sales 2017


January is fast approaching. It will be here before you are able to say “I look forward to Christmas holidays to begin”. January means Stampin’ Up! is releasing new catalogs. I will be uploading catalog PDF’s on the 3rd of January but if you live in the UK, I would love to send you a Spring 2018 catalog along with the amazing Sale-a-bration catalog – it’s really good this year! I will be putting them in the post between Christmas and New Years together with a wishlist you can use and write down your favorite stamp sets on.

Please request your free catalog  here.

I order every month from Stampin’ Up! and if you live in or near Reading and would like to save postage then we can easily combine orders and you can pick it up from my house or I can bring it to you 🙂

Don’t forget that many stamp sets from the current Holiday catalog will retire on the 2nd of January. Check out the End of Year sales to get some of these stamp sets on special offer before they retire. Also check out other stamp sets here which will also be retiring.

Also if you need to get something before Christmas tomorrow, the 14th December is the last day to be guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas!

Happy shopping!

~ Christina

Monthly Kit by Hero Arts – August 2017


During the summer I spent way too much time watching card videos on youtube. I saw many talking about and using “monthly card kits”. I thought it was very exciting so I had a google around on different american sites to find monthly card kits and I found many interesting kits from different companies but I really liked the kits from Hero Arts.
As I live in UK there was much to think about. I thought long and hard, debated back and fourth in my head, made a pros and cons list and after a total of 10 seconds I decided to go for it!

So I signed myself up to the My Monthly Hero Kit on Hero Arts in July and I got my first kit in August. What I like about this kit is when the kit is announced, I think it’s usually the first Monday of each month, if you sign up you automatically receive an email when the kit comes out, you then have until the Friday to decide if you want to add anything else from Hero Arts shop to this kit and they will ship it all together and you won’t have to pay for additional shipping. It usually takes about a week from when they tell you it has been dispatched to it arrives in UK and then 2-3 days for Royal Mail to send me a note to pick it up from the depot. I have once tried receiving the pick up note after a week! You automatically receive an email saying your parcel has been delivered, but this only means that the Royal Mail has received your parcel, it has not arrived at your actual address yet!
So how much does it actually cost when you live in the UK to get the Hero Arts kit? well I pay around £33-35 each month depending on the currency exchange rate. I pay an additional card fee of around £0.90 and then I also pay additional VAT of 20% including a Royal mail handling fee of £8 (standard handling fee). VAT and Royal Mail fee usually adds up to £15 I have to pay when getting my parcel from the depot. I have once tried Royal Mail adding too much VAT (Cheeky buggers!) and all I did was posting a form via instructions on the VAT bill. I was then reimbursed for the amount I had due. I have not tried not getting hit by VAT yet. To sum it up I pay a total of £49 – 51 each month which I guess is a lot but I enjoy getting the kit.
My fiancee gets his monthly gin kit, I get my monthly stamp kit and it makes everybody  happy in this household!

I also want to say it’s a good idea to subscribe to the kits if you already like most of them, have a look at the previous kits and see what you think, instead of buying them individually after they are released because they often sell out extremely fast! If you subscribe then you are guaranteed a kit!

My first Monthly Hero Kit was the august 2017 kit you can see all the elements of the kit here. I was too eager ripping the parcel open when it arrived, rushing up to my craft attic to hug, cuddle the stamp set and do a victory dance, than to take a photo of it. I rarely remember/get time to take a photo of it unwrapped because I am so excited after I have opened it I can just stare at the stamp set for days until I get time to actually play with it. I take it with me everywhere, like a kid with a favourite toy.

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

For these two cards I decided to try and make some watercoloured backgrounds. I have never done watercolouring before but I think it went very well for what I needed it for. I made one background more dramatic than the other one, but I wanted both to have some light areas where I wanted focus to be at.

For the first card I used one of my mum’s old wood block stamps for the writing in the background. It’s also a Hero Arts stamp. I heat embossed some golden stars and added some stamped and die cut pieces. The string I added by hand with a pen I thought it would be fun to add a heart so I did, used a promarker to give it some colour and added Glossy Accent on top. This card I gave to my fiancee and it is still on the mantelpiece on top of the fireplace in the lounge!

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

The second card I wanted a bit different and decided to gold heat emboss some stardust. I wanted it to look like the girl is spreading it as she flies. I might have went a bit overboard with the sequins.. 🙂 The girl I stamped with Versamark and ink so it was possible for me to add clear embossing powder and heat set it. All I did was ink up in Versamark first and then ink with the colour I wanted and then stamp it, not double stamping. I did the same with the sentiment. You can use Misti for this and stamp the colour first and then stamp the Versamark on top, then add embossing powder and heat it. For the layered cardstock I actually used a pebeo gold marker to paint the edge of a piece of white cardstock gold to match the stars.

I’m very happy with my cards and I look very much forward to more kits from Hero Arts!

Supplies list:
My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017 – SOLD OUT
Old Lettering stamp from Hero Arts
Black cardstock
White cardstock
Watercolour paper
Blue cardstock
yellow scrap cardstock
Kohinoor watercolour
Deep Ocean and Indigo mini Ink from Hero Arts
Memento ink pad
Versamark pad
Gold embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Pebeo artist marker, gold
Ruby Promarker
Black pen
Glossy Accent
Liquid Pearls


Pumpkin Card Mania!


September was a busy month and can’t believe it has gone by so past and at the time of writing we are almost done with October as well! BUT autumn just started?!? At least Christmas will be here soon 🙂
I had a very successful Stampin’ Up! workshop in the beginning of September, my first one ever! People enjoyed it and had fun with the project and products. I was so surprised how it well it went. I also had some orders and as I always do when people order from me – I make thank you cards to give them with their orders 🙂


These are note card sized thank you cards and I used the Gourd Goodness, All Things Thanks and Timeless Textures stamp sets to make these cards.
For the background I stamped the wood textured stamp from Timeless Textures with Crumb Cake. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to make tags out of designer series paper.  To the tag I tied on a bow out of Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine.
I cheated a tiny bit and used a Misti to mass produce pumpkins and leaves with. With that said I did fussy cut all of them out with scissors.
I placed all the bits out on the note cards and glued it down. I added a few sequins to each card and a tiny banner saying thank you.

Despite the fussy cutting it didn’t take me long to make a bunch of these cute little note cards. I had a lot of fun and I look forward to next time I need to make a bunch of similar cards. 🙂

Supplies list:
Gourd Goodness stamp set
All Things Thanks stamp set
Timeless Textures stamp set
Note cards – comes with tiny envelopes too!
Whisper white cardstock
Painted Autumn designer series paper
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Peekaboo Peach ink pad
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Wild Wasabi ink pad
Early Espresso ink pad
Scalloped Tag Topper punch
Fine-tip Glue Pen
Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine