Life Living With Lupus

What would you do if you woke up sick one day and knew that you were never going to get better? That’s the question I found myself asking when I was diagnosed with Lupus. Of course, it didn’t really happen overnight, it was a long drawn out process and now that I know the symptoms I can trace the disease back to my teens. However, the day of my official diagnosis felt like a switch had been flicked. Even although it had been mentioned as first a possibility and then a likelihood, until I was actually holding that piece of paper with 3 letters scrawled in the corner – S.L.E. – there was always hope that it was just a virus or something. Once it was in writing there was no going back and I had to come to terms with the fact that I have a lifelong chronic illness which has no cure.

I’m writing this blog, which is quite far removed from my usual content not because I am looking for sympathy, but because when I got that diagnosis I completely shut down. I stopped blogging, stopped making videos, stopped hanging out in Facebook groups. It wasn’t even just online either. I stopped talking to my friends and family too. Ever since then I have wanted to explain my absence and maybe even do some small part to raise a little awareness of Lupus. My family and I had no knowledge of it until I was diagnosed. It’s still something of a medical mystery and nobody really knows what causes it, so it is understandable that people just kind of look confused when I tell them why I wasn’t able to do the things I used to be able to do. I’ve written this blog multiple times and recorded videos too, but it is never quite right. This time I am not going to dwell on making it perfect. I’m just going to say what’s in my heart and hope it makes sense! So here goes….

In March 2017, I was told that I had ‘general connective tissue disease’ but that it was 90% likely to actually be Lupus, I just wasn’t sick enough to get officially diagnosed. However, just 2 months later I started an extreme flare that lasted around 4 months and resulted in me being hospitalized multiple times, losing the use of my hands for 8 weeks and getting an official diagnosis. Since then life has changed. A lot! I’ve had time now to grieve for the life I used to have and start coming to terms with my new ‘normal’.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an auto-immune disorder that causes inflammation in the body. There are multiple different types of lupus. The one I have is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) which affects my entire system. There is no cure. The best way to describe lupus is that it is like being allergic to your own body. My immune system is broken and can no longer tell the difference between healthy cells and viruses. At any given moment my immune system could launch an attack on one of my organs, my skin or my central nervous system. For me, the biggest areas affected are my skin, hands, lungs, heart, and joints. The symptoms of Lupus are many and long ranging. It’s known as ‘the great pretender’ because it mimics other diseases making it incredibly hard to diagnose. 

Some of my symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, inflammation, depression, headaches, mouth ulcers, Sjogren’s Syndrome, photosensitivity, rashes (malar and discoid) Raynaud’s Phenomenon, hair loss, insomnia, Pericarditis, Pleurisy and general aches & pains.

I am classed as a ‘moderate’ Lupus patient because my symptoms do affect me, but I do not yet have any organ involvement. Many lupus patients develop heart, kidney or liver failure. Around the same time I was diagnosed, Selina Gomez revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant due to Lupus – that terrified my family!


Living With Lupus

So that covers what lupus is, how about what living with lupus is actually like? I’m not gonna lie – it sucks! First of all, there are the hospital and doctor visits. I should have my own VIP parking spot. I see a rheumatologist every 8 weeks, a respiratory consultant every 12 to 16 weeks, a cardiologist every 6 months and have blood tests every 2 weeks! In between, I also have various x-rays, scans, ecgs and meetings with my lupus nurse. Good thing I’m a planner girl, right? Then there is the medication! It’s a wonder I don’t rattle when I walk! Painkillers, supplements, antimalarials, immunosuppressants, steroids, and anti-inflammatories are all required to get me through the day. I inject myself with a shot of chemotherapy every Sunday morning which has made my hair start to fall out – I’m now sporting a much shorter style, with a clever fringe to hide the bald spots! The steroids have puffed up my face and made me gain weight – but at least my hands work again! The antimalarials, immunosuppressants, and chemotherapy have suppressed my immune system so it is not attacking itself as much, but that also means I get sick easily as I can’t fight off the germs. Being in a crowd is a sure fire way to get a cold if I don’t wear a mask – and I don’t want to wear a mask!

That’s just living with the treatment! I haven’t even gone into actually living with the condition itself! There are so many elements to it that I could probably write ten blogs – maybe I will in future. However, this is getting kinda long and I’m sure you are all bored by now, so instead I’ll talk about two of my major challenges and also direct you to the Spoon Theory. Christine Miserandino is the woman behind and a fellow Lupus Warrior. She wrote the spoon theory to explain lupus to a friend and it has now been adopted by many chronic illness sufferers. It explains life with lupus better than I ever could! It is well worth a read!

The two huge areas that I am struggling with are chronic fatigue and photosensitivity. The chronic fatigue is ridiculous. The simple act of getting dressed often requires a nap. My house is falling apart around my ears because as much as my husband and son try – I cannot keep on top of the housework. Walking up a flight of stairs makes my heart feel like it is going to explode out of my chest! I can never make plans because I just don’t know when I will feel okay enough to keep them! I am having to learn how to pace myself and how to say no! The photosensitivity is also a huge issue. I love the outdoors. However, I now have to wear factor 50, long sleeves, sunglasses and a hat – even in winter! The sunlight causes my skin to get inflamed and my eyes simultaneously dry out and get runny/sticky! If you pass my house and the blinds are still closed I am not lazy – I just can’t bear to have them open.

So, in many more words than I had initially intended – this is why I went awol over summer, autumn and most of the winter! It was more than just physically inability to be present, but a mental one too. Diagnosis hit me harder than I ever imagined it would. However, I am coming to terms with it. The treatment is more stable and I have a few more good days than bad. Lupus is not life-shortening these days, just life-limiting – but life goes on!


My Planner Basics #PlannerGirlsCollective

My Planner Basics

This week for the PlannerGirls Collective blog hop, we are having a free choice week. I’ve had an idea to write this post up for a few weeks now, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get it put together. I’m going to be talking about my planner basics! By ‘basics’ what I mean is the little folder of stickers tucked into the front pocket of my main planner that I use week in and week out!

My main ‘life & everything’ planner this year is my classic size Happy Planner. It sits on my desk and contains all of my household stuff, bills, appointments and to-do lists for the week. It is like my go-to reference planner and then if I need more detail I know to refer to the dedicated planner for that topic (work, blog, health etc). I decorate it, usually with little to no ‘white space’ so I love me a sticker kit! Here are a few of my recent weekly spreads in my planner to show what I mean.

Why I Started My Planner Basics Folder

The only problem with kits is they are designed to be fairly generic – or in some cases to suit what the shop owner uses. That means that often I don’t have enough (or any) of certain stickers and icons. For example – most weekly kits come with just one or maybe two appointment stickers. However, I have Lupus and work with 2 nurses, my GP, and 3 consultants! That’s before we even consider my injured son, husband, and mother-in-law! Let’s just say I need more than one or two appointment stickers – some weeks I am at the hospital or surgery every day! The solution I have come up with is to gather up single sheets of the stickers that I use most often so that I always have them on hand to supplement the kit I have chosen for the week. I usually stick to a few of my favourite shops, but I will sometimes chop and change. I like to have a good selection that matches most colours and themes.

So, let’s take a look at what is currently in my planner basics folder!

Since I already mentioned the appointment issue, let’s go ahead and start with that! I am currently using these cute doctor appointment quarter boxes from My Planner Loving Heart (Alyson10 will get you a 10% discount on orders over £5 + a free sampler). These are available in Rainbow or Pastel colourways which is great because it means they can be matched to more or less any kit that you choose to use!

Another thing that takes up a great deal of my life is Basketball. At one point, my son played in 3 different leagues across 2 age groups so it was crazy! Thankfully we just have the one league to deal with this season, but that still means training at least twice per week, games most weekends, officiating duties and other team events. Basketball isn’t all that popular in the UK so I did find it tough to find stickers. I chop and change between a few different designers – currently I am using these balls by Handcrafted by Sheree, but previously I have also used Dook Plook Designs and Ugly Bug Plans. I just use the little ball icons and add them to a half or quarter box with the details of the event + postcode if I need to travel.

Laundry is a Living Thing!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret! I think my laundry basket is actually alive! Not only is it alive, but it is breeding! I swear I rarely see the bottom of the baskets – that’s right multiple baskets! We have one in each bedroom and one in the bathroom, then a big one with compartments to sort by colour in the kitchen. I do a minimum of 2 loads every single day! I blame my son! He does PE 10 times per week, plus basketball training, plus gym. Sometimes it’s my turn for the team kits. He also has school uniforms and scout uniforms too! That’s before we even talk about me and the husband. Also the towels… so many towels! I have a pretty impressive selection of laundry realted planner stickers!

First up I have laundry day stickers and washing machine icons from My Planner Loving Heart. Then I have these new ones from The Geeky Planner (Alyson10 for 10% off orders over £8) which have check boxes for wash, dry and fold. The brain fog is real! I often have to wash a load 3 times before i remember it needs to be hung up! These are going to be life savers!!

It’s a Text Thing!

Sometimes if I am using a mini-kit or some leftovers, I don’t have the appropriate headings. I mostly like to use ‘To Do’ and ‘Today’ for my headers. I have a selection of script stickers from My Planner Loving Heart that I like to use on top of washi to create headers. I also have additional words like ‘work’, ‘bill due’ and ‘pay day’ in my basics folder which can also come in handy if the kit I am using doesn’t have those included. i don’t generally mark work stuff in my main planner, but sometimes if I am taking days off or if i need to track my hours for a contract I will use those to label the boxes I am using.

Cute Custom Stickers

I also have two types of customs stickers in my basic folder that I had made because they are not really stickers that other planners use! I’ve never actually seen any shop with them on sale! First, I have Lupus Flare stickers made by Danielle at My Planner Loving Heart and then I have a couple of different Paranormal Investigation stickers made by my planner bestie Chloe!

What are your planner basics that you use week in and week out?




Don’t forget to visit the other members of the Planner Girl Collective to see what topics they have chosen this week:

Emma-Louise @ Read, Write, Inspire

Kerry May @ Kerry May Makes

Michelle @ Ugly Bug Plans

What Planners I Use & Why #PlannerGirlsCollective

Hi! My name is Alyson and I have a planner addiction! Actually, it isn’t even just planners – it’s all stationery! I’m not even sorry. This week myself and the other ladies from the Planner Girls Collective are kicking things off with the topic ‘What Planners I Use & Why’. I haven’t blogged for a while, for reasons I will explain later in the week, so I thought this would be an excellent topic to get back into things.. easy, I thought. Then I started to pull out my planners to take a photograph!

These are the planners that I will be using in 2018. It isn’t even all of them. I also have an art journal, a bujo for lists and a memory planner. However, those are just intermittent things I pull out from time to time. They don’t serve a particular function as such, so they didn’t make the cut! Instead, I am focusing on the planners I use regularly to keep my life in order. As you can see I actually use 10 different planners. Each one has it’s own function. I have tried using one or two planners, but for me I need to separate every part of my life out! So, without further ado let’s walk through my current planners and their uses.

Themed Journals

First up we have a set of 3 Uglydoris from Ugly Bug Plans. These are not so much day to day planners, but they are journals for certain parts of my life. On the left is my A5 Uglydori in Night Sky which serves as my home control journal. One of my goals for 2018 is to declutter and start keeping a better grip on household chores. I’m using a modified version of the FlyLady system with help from the lovely DeClutterbugs group on Facebook, so this Uglydori has a bujo style Control Journal in it. Next to that is my Green B6 Uglydori which is going to be my Christmas Planner. I haven’t set her up yet, I have been using a a5 Gold Saffiano but I recently sold it to buy a TN instead! Finally, the Red A6 is my book of shadows. It is a little chunky monkey with 6 inserts, plus folders and dashboards etc! I use it to house my spell book, my book of shadows and book of mirrors, a journal, an almanac and various other things to do with witchcraft and wicca.

Daily Functional Planners

Next up we have another couple of Uglydoris (are you seeing a theme here?). These are both B6 and are ready to ship TNs in the floppy style of leather. All of the others are custom ones. The Raspberry B6 is my health journal which I use to keep track of all of my medications, my symptoms, my appointments and so on. It serves as a journal too as I often note down thoughts and feelings. It is great for taking to appointments to discuss things with my various consultants. When one of them asks when I changed my steroid dose, or how often my chemo makes me throw up I can consult my journal because my brain is mush most of the time and I would never remember! The Red B6 is my work planner. I have tried various planners and they don’t work for me for work! I am a freelance copywriter and branding specialist for a marketing agency and I don’t have set hours. I have a list of weekly tasks and deadlines. A TN is working for me. I have a monthly insert to mark days off, invoice dates, deadlines etc. An hourly schedule for busy days when I want to plan out timings for projects, an accounts book and then a bujo style book with passwords, branding colors, notes etc.

Blog Planners

Next up are my blogging planners. I really want to get this blog back off the ground again this year so I am using an Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly planner for blogging notes and plans. It’s really shaping up to work quite well. However, I also have plans to launch a website this year based on my other obsession – the paranormal! So that adorable mini Happy Planner contains my plans for that!

Daily Planners

Now we are getting to the main core planners! I have a matching set of Happy Planners in classic and mini. The classic is basically my life. It has my todo lists, appointments, family stuff, bills, reminders etc all in there. It lives on my desk and I can consult it for everything except work.

Nothing is too detailed, because I know if for example I have written ‘publish blog’ I would go to my blog planner for my notes and checklists.  The mini is only money related! All of my bills and savings are noted in there. I use a happy planner because I love the flexibility of the discs.

Every Day Carry

Last, and perhaps my favourite of all is Spooks, my Skyscraper, custom tooled A6 Uglydori. He is my everyday carry and doubles up as my wallet. I keep a monthly and weekly insert, a notebook, and a spending log in there along with my cards, a small change purse, and my ID. It has vertical pockets and a Bug Wing Flap in the back!

My monthly inserts are quite pretty with decoration etc, but my weeklies are very much on the go scribbles with a few stickers here and there!

So, those are my current planners and what I use them for! What sort of planner are you using?

Don’t forget to stop by and visit with the other girls in the Planer Girls Collective and see how they are planning their lives for 2018!

Michelle @ Ugly Bug Plans

Kerry May @ Kerry May Makes

Thanks for stopping by!

Three for Thursday : Colour Theory


One of my favourite new suites is definitely Color Theory, so this week I thought I would share my top 3 picks from that particular suite.

  1. Color Theory Card Pack [£9 Item #144210]
    If you are a memory planner or project lifer then you definitely need this set in your life! The Color Theory Card Pack includes 52 double sided 3×4 inch cards, 20 double sided 4×6 inch cards, 2 sheets of stickers and 4 printed acetate cards!
  2. Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack [£9 Item #144193]
    If you are looking for some funky papers to use as backgrounds on cards and other projects then the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack is just what you are looking for. The stack of 48 sheets of double sided 6 x 6 papers contains 12 designs in 4 colours : Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim and Old Olive. I particularly love the paint chip style paper!
  3. Glitter Enamel Dots [£6.25 Item #144200]
    Finish off your creations with a touch of glitter thanks to this beautiful set of Glitter Enamel Dots. The pack contains 160 ombre glitter dots in 4 sizes and 4 colours to match the Color Theory range.

You can order these products, or anything else from the Stampin’ Up! range by visiting my online store. Don’t forget to use the hostess code 3TFRY2CQ to receive a free gift on orders over £25.

Happy Stampin’


Three for Thursday: Best Laid Plans


While I do have a passion for papercrafts, in my heart I will always be a planner girl. I was over the moon when Stampin’ Up released a planner in the new catalouge. Not just a planner, but also lots of other items that can be used in planners too. Here is my pick of the top 3 planner products in the new catalogue.

  1. Love Today Planner Kit [£33 Item #144357]

    How gorgeous is the Love Today Planner? The planner is abut A5 size and it is Night of Navy with gold foil swiss dots and gold corners. It contains undated inserts for the entire year, photo pocket sleeves, sticky notes, stickers, page marker and pockets.
  2. Tabs For Everything Photopolymer Stamp Set [£15 Item #143907]
    I have just recently gotten into stamping in my planner so I was really pleased to see these stamps in the latest catalogue. The Tabs for Everything photopolymer stamp set includes 53 stamps that can be used to create tabs and headers for Planners, but which can also be used for other projects to. There is also a tab punch coming which fits these perfectly, but it is on back order at the moment.
  3.  Eclectic Shaped Paper Clips [£5.50 Item #144167]

    As a planner girl, if there is one thing I love then it is a shaped paperclip! I’m far too ashamed to admit how many drawers – that’s right I said DRAWERS – are full of clips in a variety of shapes and sizes! Of course, I will STILL be placing an order for these gorgeous Eclectic Shaped paperclips there are 24 clips across the 3 different shapes – triangles, banners and leaves!

You can order these products, or anything else from the Stampin’ Up! range by visiting my online store. Don’t forget to use the hostess code 3TFRY2CQ to receive a free gift on orders over £25.

Happy Stampin’


Three for Thursday : Fabulous Foil


Welcome back to another Three for Thursday! I’m really excited about some of the products that I will be showcasing in the coming weeks now that the new catalogue is available! This week, the theme I am choosing from is Foil! There are some amazing foil products in the catalogue including an entire product suite called Foil Frenzy! Here are my top 3 picks for this week!

  1. Foil Frenzy Speciality Designer Series Paper [£11.50 Item #144125]
    How gorgeous is this pack of Foil Frenzy DSP? This is speciality DSP which means it is slightly thicker, more like cardstock than paper and it has some gorgeous foil detailing. You get 12 sheets covering 3 designs across 4 colours. You get a striped pattern, a chevron pattern and a confetti pattern. All of them are printed on Kraft paper and the foil colours are : Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango. These are current Stampin’ Up colours so you can also find co-ordinating items in the catalouge including embellishments, cardstock and inks.
  2. Copper Foil Sheets [£3.75 Item #142020]
    A pretty foil accent can be the perfect addition to your cards and other papercraft projects. Now you can make your own with these beautiful Copper Foil Sheets. The pack contains 2 sheets of 12 by 12 foiled cardstock that can be used to cut accents using your punches or dies. The sheets are acid free so can be used in any of your projects.
  3.  Metallic Foil Doilies [£3.75 Item #138392]
    These shiny gold and silver Metallic Foil Doilies are the perfect addition to your craft projects. The pack includes 24 doilies – 6 Gold and 6 Silver in the 1.75 inch size and 6 Gold and 6 Silver in the larger 3 inch size.

You can order these products, or anything else from the Stampin’ Up! range by visiting my online store. Don’t forget to use the hostess code 3TFRY2CQ to receive a free gift on orders over £25.

Happy Stampin’


Teamie Tuesday: In Color Pocket Letter


This week, our Teamie Tuesday theme is pocket letters! I love making these and they are an excellent way to use up any scraps that you have been saving. In fact, this entire pocket letter is made using scraps of In Colour 2016-2018 cardstock and paper!


If you are new to crafting this is also a really great way to get started on a smaller scale. If you can make a pocket letter, then you can definitely do lots of other crafts too. Each card also works great as a card topper or a gift tag. If you scale up your design, you have a scrapbook page!

You can see my process video below.

Products Used

2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper (Retired)

2016-2018 In Color Cardstock — £10 [Item #141412]

2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes (Retired)

2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper (Retired)

Whisper White Cardstock — £8.25 [Item #106549]

Emerald Envy Classic Stampin’ Pad — £6 [Item #141396]

Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad — £6 [Item #141397]

Stampin’ Dimensionals — £3.75 [Item #104430]

Love Sparkles Rubber Mount Stamps (Retired)

Better Together Clear Mount Stamps  — £33 [#141736]

You can order these products, or anything else from the Stampin’ Up! range by visiting my online store. Don’t forget to use the hostess code 3TFRY2CQ to receive a free gift on orders over £25.

Happy Stampin’






Michelle @ Ugly Bug Plans

Kelley @ The Crafty Bat

Coffee Break Online Papercrafting Workshop

Ever since I saw the Coffee Break Suite in the brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalog for 2017-2018 I was deperate to get my hands on it! So, I thought, why not share my excitement and host an online workshop using it! The workshop will take place entirely online, but I will be mailing out a physical kit with a sample of some of the products. Full details of the workshop are at the end of the post, but first, let’s take a closer look at the Coffee Break product suite!

The first thing that really caught my eye about the suite was definitely the designer series paper pack. The pack contains 12 sheets of double sided DSP. There are 2 sheets of each of the 6 designs all using Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Soft Suede and Whisper White. My favourites are the wood grain pattern and the coffee bean pattern, although the coffee stains are also really cute! There is also a co-ordinating cardstock stack to go with the paper.


Next up, I wanted to give you a closer look at the great value Coffee Cafe Photopolymer Bundle. This includes a 16 pieces photo polymer stamp set that matches the DSP perfectly and the co-ordinating set of 13 framelit dies that fit the stamps perfectly. Each pack is also available separatly if you don’t want both, but if purchasing together as a bundle you will save yourself more than 10%!

There are also plenty of embellishments to match including ribbons and other elements. This is the ideal product suite for making gifts, cards and sweet treats for your coffee lover friends. However, even if you are not a huge fan of coffee, this is also perfect for creating hot chocolate or smoothie inspired crafts – the bundle includes ice cubes, straws and whipped cream!

Workshop Information

Now that you have seen the products, let’s talk about the workshop. If you have never taken part in one of my workshops in the past then this is how it works – you book a place on the workshop and you are invited to join a private group. Over the course of the weekend (Friday evening to Sunday evening) I periodically share exclusive tutorials using the kit as well as a few games and challenges. You will not only get to enjoy a weekend of crafting with like minded individuals, but you will also get the chance to pick up some fabulous prizes!

This month’s kit includes : DSP Samples, Ribbon, Cardstock, Die Cuts, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Envelopes and an Embellishment pack. It it the perfect way to sample the product suite without having to commit to the whole pack. I also offer the opportunity to ‘level up’ your kit with the addition of Stamps, Dies and Ink if you want some extras.

I like to keep the actual projects under wraps until the weekend, but as an idea of what you can expect to make some of the things I have in store this month include a small gift/favour, notecards, boxes, gift cards and more.

The workshop takes place on the 7th to 9th July 2017 and workshops must be paid for no later than 23rd June 2017 to allow me to order and dispatch your kit. If you are interested in taking part, please complete the form below indicating which level of kit you would prefer and I will send you an invoice. The options are as follows :

  1. Basic Workshop Kit – £20
  2. Basic Workshop Kit + 2 Co-ordinating Inks – £30
  3. Basic Workshop Kit + Photopolymer Stamps – £39
  4. Basic Workshop Kit + Framelits Die Set – £47
  5. Basic Workshop Kit + Inks, Stamps & Dies – £70

I hope you can join me! However, if you would rather just order the products yourself and get cracking, then you can do so online – don’t forget to use hostess code 3TFRY2CQ when ordering online for a free gift with a spend of £25 or more.

Happy Stampin’


Three For Thursday : Saying Goodbye


Did you know that the brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for 2017-2018 is launching on June 1st, with a brand new set of In Colours and more gorgeousness than you can shake a gluestick at? You are going to love this new range it is lush! If you want to sign up to receive an email version of the new catalogue sign up to my mailing list HERE for a copy at midnight on June 1st!

In the meantime, because there are so many gorgeous new ranges we are having to say goodbye to some old favourites. However, every cloud has a silver lining and for the retirement list that comes in the form of some nice discounts! Here are my top three picks from the retirement sale!

1 – In Colour 2016-2018 DSP

The new In Colours launch on June 1st and they are gorgeous. That means that the 2015-2017 In Colors are leaving, and although the 2016-2018 ones are sticking around for a while many of the products are being discontinued and replaced with new ones. A personal favourite of mine which should be a staple in every crafter’s kit is the In Colours DSP pack. It contains 40 sheets of 12 by 12 paper in 2 double sided designs across all 5 in colours : Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum. The papers are high quality and are acid/lignin free making them ideal for scrapbookers. This retiring paper stack is now 20% off at just £16 – that’s just 40p per sheet!


2 – Cupcakes and Carousels

One of the retiring product suites is Cupcakes & Carousels. Several of the products are discounted right now including the cardstock, papers and embellishments. I’m offering a deal on this suite for those who order direct with me by emailing – Buy the 6 by 6 Designer Series Papers, the A4 Cardstock, Stampin’ Write Markers and the Embellishment Kit for £25 including postage. – Offer available while stocks last.


The matching  Carousel Birthday stamp set is also retiring and is available separately.

3 – Gift Bag Punch Board

Make your gifts extra special with handmade Gift Boxes with the help of the Gift Box Punch Board. You can make boxes up to 4 inches in size. Since the board is retiring, this is also discounted right now to just £12.60!

Gift Box

Grab these retiring goodies before they are gone forever – there are loads more in the retiring section. Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack for more great bargains! This month’s hostess code is BKRT3VQV.

Happy Stampin’


Three for Thursday: Christmas Comes Early

Christmas will be upon us before we know it! Every crafter knows that you need to get a jump on all of your Christmas makes if you are going to prepared for the holiday season. It won’t be long before summer is over and our thoughts turn to the Winter holiday season. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot be prepared in advance! The Stampin’ Up! Clearance rack has some amazing offers right now of Christmas products at unbelievable prices! That’s why this week, Three for Thurday is focusing on those Christmas bargains!

1 – We Have Washi All Wrapped Up!

There are currently four sets of Christmas/Winter themed washi on the clearance rack. The packs contain 5 rolls of 4.6m Washi Tape in 3 different widths. These usually retail at £7.25, but during clearance you can pick up each of the packs for just £2.90 per set! That’s an amazing saving of 60%!


Choose from the following options:

  • Seasons of Cheer :- Although this is a seasonal design, the Seasons of Cheer washi tape could actually be used all year round as it features stripes, spots and quilted designs in Cherry Cobbler, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, and Soft Sky.
  • Warmth & Cheer – Again, there is no reason this design wouldn’t be used outside of the Holiday season. Only the Christmas tree design is truly seasonal and even then it works as a woodland themed tape. I think Warmth & Cheer is great if you celebrate Yule rather than Christmas. The colours are Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and  Garden Green.
  • Presents & Pinecones – With its Candy Cane stripes and sprigs of holly, the Presents & Pinecones set is a much more in your face Christmas choice making use of  Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron
  • Candy Cane Lane – The final choice is Candy Cane Lane, a real red and whisper white set with a candy cane theme!

2 – Pretty Paper Package

If you love the washi tape, then you will also want to look at this bargain Designer Series Paper! The Warmth & Cheer paper pad contains 48 sheets of double sided 6 by 6 inch paper in 12 different designs for the bargain price of only £3.60 instead of the regular price of £9! The colours featured are Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Garden Green, Whisper White. If you need something bigger to work with, then take a look at the Presents & Pinecones DSP Pack containing 12 sheets of 12 by 12 inch DSP in 6 different double sided designs for just £4.00 (RRP). Designs feature Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White.


3 – Perfect Projects

One of my favourite things in the Stampin’ Up Catalogue is always the project kits. These are great for new crafters as they contain everything that you need to put together multiple matching items. They make wonderful gifts and they are also great for experienced crafters who like a project to complete! The clearance rack currently has two gorgeous project kits at heavily discounted prices – 60% off!

The ‘Tin of Tags‘ project kit contains everything that you need to produce 30 stunning tags in 10 different designs including tag blanks, twine, die cuts, wood embellishments sequins, tassels, washi, doilies and a printed storage tin! Just add adhesive! Colours used are Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, silver, Soft Sky, and Whisper White. All for only £8 (RRP £20)


Alternatively, you might enjoy the ‘Stitched With Cheer‘ project kit at just £8.70 (RRP

£21.75). The kit contains everything to make 18 Christmas greetings card including card blanks, envelopes, envelope liners, banners, twine, enamel dots, ribbon, die cuts and more! Colours used are Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy, gold, kraft, Mint Macaron, Real Red, and Whisper White.

You could pick up EVERYTHING featured in this post for just £35.90 and have your Christmas crafting all sewn up! Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack for more great products including a range of matching inks, ribbon and other embellishments. There is also a pretty fabulous range of Halloween items at scary low prices too! This month’s hostess code is BKRT3VQV.

Happy Stampin’