Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Helen Broxap

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Hope you've all had a good break over Christmas and New Year!  I had a lovely time up in the north with my family enjoying such delights as a Santa Steam Train special trip, including visits from elves, magicians and a brass band...

This New Year there are some wonderful new goodies from Stampin' Up! There is a new Occasions catalogue with products covering Valentines, Mother's Day, Easter, and lots of spring/summer themed things. Then we have the Sale-A-Bration promotion that runs from January until the end of March, and you can earn freebies for every £45 spend from any of our catalogues. You can also earn more goodies by hosting a party, putting in an order over £200 or by joining up to Stampin Up. So lots to be thankful for!

I love the dragonflies stamps and dies  ( Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Bundle [144728] £42.25 ), watercolour pencils ( Watercolor Pencils [141709] £14.50  ) and the colouring-in papers that are free in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue ( Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper [143830]  ) .  Can't wait to use them and show you what I come up with.

Hope you have fun looking through the catalogues. If you would like a paper copy, drop me a line and I'll pop one in the post for you as soon as I can.  I'm sure you'll love them as much as me!

See you soon,

Helen x

    Thursday, 1 December 2016

    Stampin’ Up! Year End Close Out Sale

    If you didn't think Stampin' Up! could do any more amazing deals in 2016, the year end close out sale has just started.

    This includes Retiring Winter products, Clearance Rack Update and heavily discounted Annual Catalogue products, loads of items slashed upto 60% off! Just a word of warning though, a large proportion of the products will be while stocks last, so grab it when you see it.

    • Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.
    Following the Year-End Closeouts promotion, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack; other items may be removed.
     Annual Catalogue items will only be discounted until 3 January; beginning 4 January, they will still be available, but at regular price.
     Retiring items will only be available while supplies last. None of the retiring items will be available any more after 3 January.
    • No minimum purchase is required to participate in Year-End Closeouts.
    • Year-End Closeouts are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
    • The products can be used for the Starter Kit.

    Either go to my shop to order online or email me on to put in your order before your favourite things rush off the shelves!

    If you only have a small order remember to put in the hostess code and I'll add up all the small orders and send you a little thank you gift for shopping with me. 

    Thanks and hope you have fun choosing some early Christmas presents!

    Helen x

    Monday, 24 October 2016

    Oyster Catcher Pendant

    I love, love, love the Wetlands stamp set. Mainly due to this image which is of some wading birds that look like Oyster Catchers to me.  Which reminds me of my favourite place, Anglesey.

    For the pendant I coloured the background with Stampin Up inks and an Aqua Blender on watercolour paper and then constructed the pendant. Lovely isn't it and the inks blend so nicely.

    I wear this all the time now and have had some lovely compliments.  I've entered it into Michelle Last's creative challenge and you can vote for the entry over on her blog today.

    Hope you like it!


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    Sunday, 24 July 2016


    HI lovely crafting friend introduced us to this new technique 'emboodling' - doodling with embellishments. How great is that? Bright and fun card totally outside my usual style but I love it! 

    Hope you like it!

    Helen x

    Sunday, 17 July 2016

    Teachers Gifts and Cards

    Hi again

    So it's not been a great two weeks health wise :-( but I've been able to make some teachers gifts and cards from my bed which has helped keep me happy :-).  Crafting is definitely good for the soul...

    So my challenge was something not too expensive, that teachers might like and a little bit different.  I have made some boxes for some amazing soaps from the Faith in Nature company.  They are organic and don't contain any nasties which is an essential for my super-sensitive skin, oh and they smell delicious. The coconut soap smells of fresh coconut straight from the palm tree!  You can also get them from Holland and Barret or Amazon for very little money and they are manufactured in a small town near where I grew up which is even better. I love supporting British companies and for a couple of pounds it is a really affordable little gift, especially when you have to produce 10+ gifts for all the teachers, TAs, dinner ladies, lollipop lady etc :-D.  It's all different from when we were kids hey?

    The boxes are made on my trusty Stampin' Up Simply Scored board(how could I live without it!), but you could use the Stamin' Trimmer as it scores as well as cuts. Have I ever said how much I love my trimmer? I LOVE it! So much so I've sold one to my sister after raving so much...

    Anyway, back to the projects.  I've used up some retired papers and punches as we all do.  But the oval framelets would work just as well.  A happy coincidence was that I lined the sniff-hole (everyone has to smell the soap!) up with the word 'faith' on the soap - and seeing that they are going to a CofE school that was perfect. 

    The cards are made from the Stampin Up notecards and leftover ovals from the holes and using the bits cut off the boxes.  Cunning hey? And very economical. The dimensions are below if you are interested.  Get in touch if you have any issues re-creating them.

    Hope you like them and hope the recipients do too!

    Helen x


    Cut card stock to: 20.5cm x 17.5 cm
    Score LONG side at 6, 9.5, 15.5 and 19 cm
    Score SHORT side at 1.5, 5, 12.5 and 16 cm
    Cut DSP at 7cm x 5.5 cm

    Finished dimensions 7cm x 5.5cm x 3cm

    Rough diagram (I can do a video if it makes no sense at all - just ask!) 

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    Tiny treats and teeny-tiny treats dimensions

    You may remember a while ago I shared some pictures of my tiny treat pouches  which are perfect for a pack of Biscoff biscuits and a wrapped tea bag, or a small bag of chocolate buttons.

    and on facebook my teeny-tiny treat pouches - perfect for 2 mini Kinder chocs:

    They are both made in the same way and I've been asked to share the dimensions.  So here goes:

    Tiny Treat Pouches

    Cut your paper to 8"x6"
    Score on the LONG side at 3 1/4" and 4 3/4"
    Score on the SHORT side at 1 1/2" and 4 1/2"
    You then glue and fold as the diagram shows below:

    Teeny Tiny Treat Pouches

    Cut your paper to 6"x4"
    Score on the LONG side at 2 1/2" and 3 1/2"
    Score on the SHORT side at 1" and 3"

    Diagram below:

    Both are perfect for little teacher presents, party favours, or tiny thank-yous for colleagues.  Love them! Hope that helps and if you are still stuck I might be persuaded to do a little video tutorial for you.

    Helen x

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    Monday, 11 July 2016

    Rose Wonder Twisted Easel Card

    Hello and sorry for the absence!  But here's a little card to get your creative juices flowing:

     I've used the Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder dies to cut out the roses and leaves and they are freestanding abover the twisted easel just using tiny bits of tombow glue.  The card base is cut from a piece of A4 so is 5.5" square. The gorgeous paper is the new Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.  Isn't it gorgeous.  I just had to have it seeing that I love pink so much.  Just noticed it is Helen Signatured pink and green again. I can never tire of that combo.

    You can see a bit of the 3D nature from the side view. I'm entering this card into a challenge on Michelle Last's blog.  I'd love it if you would go vote for your favourites. If it is mine then even better ;-)

    Hope you love it as much as I do. Now who has a birthday coming up?

    Helen x

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