Decking the Halls and what went well this year.

By on 21/12/2015

Santa waking up

I have to tell you, I have really enjoy rediscovering all the Christmas decorations stored so carefully away each year. This little Santa waking up from his slumbers has been part of our family for almost 35 years and we all love him.  His little bed houses all sorts of goodies, chocolate mainly!  You can’t see it, but to the right on the end of the bed, there is a little  sleeping puppy.  This is so cute.

I have been lucky to be able to take the month of December off from my classes, so have enjoyed finishing off some projects, not least of which has been all those Christmas cards we made in classes this year.  I have written them all, made envelopes for some, and they are now on their way, just a few stragglers still to do, but it is a load off my mind. Stampin’ UP! envelope punch board and envelope paper have been some of my favourite things this year.

Xmas cards ready to goEnvelope punch board

My most popular class project this year would have to be this Book Box. I combined the box with handmade flowers which I purchased on etsy.  You can stand this book box upright or it lays flat as shown. It makes a lovely decor piece placed on the table for an afternoon tea.  Some of the happy Book Box ladies pictured here too.

Flower boxFlower Box Group

My most popular Pin on Pinterest (which has been repinned over 50 times) is this trio of Stampin’ UP! “Christmas Cuties” Cards. Initially I thought this stamp set not to my usual taste, however, I’m so glad I bought it and it just goes to show that it is worth stepping out of your box sometimes and trying something different. And just a heads up that this stamp set is being retired and is on the Stampin’ UP! End of Year Sale at a great price.  If you want to check it out just click on the Shope online button above and have a browse.  There is a lot to check out.

Christmas Cuties Cards for web (1)

Some firsts in 2015 –

  • I ran my first Stamp-a-stack classes this year.
  • I started a blog – this is going reasonably well, but requires more planning for more regular posting.
  • Created a Business name – Create With Barb
  • Started Pocket letter swaps with friends in USA and Australia
  • I won a prize in a facebook competition – a beautiful 2016 planner.  Thank you Notemaker.

All in all it’s been an interesting year so far, and it isn’t over yet. I hope you are anticipating a fun Christmas with family and friends, and more crafting in the new year.  I shall be posting a list of upcoming classes and workshops very soon.  Hope to see you there.

Happy Stamping.





Stampin’ UP! Year End Sale

By on 11/12/2015

We will have more products on clearance for our Year-End Sale December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016! 60% OFF select products. While supplies last.

It’s the end of the year, so we’re cleaning our inventory and making room for new products–and we’re offering you some great savings while we do it! We’re adding more products to our clearance rack and discounting select items from the holiday catalogue. (Products on the Holiday Retiring List are now discounted up to 40%.)

During the Year-End Sale, you can find ALL discounted products in one location in my online store: under the ‘Year-End Sale.’ So don’t fret if you don’t see the category “Clearance Rack” on the online store right now–it has been integrated into the Year-End Sale.


  • Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
  • Online customers can add non-Year-End-Sale items to their order.
  • Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders of $250.
  • Following the Year-End Sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
  • Orders must be placed online.

My favourite picks:

Christmas Cuties Stamp Set:  My Pinterest post of the cards I made using this set has been repinned 54 times at last count.

Diagonal Plate for Simply Scored:  If you have the Simply Scored Scoring tool, you need the diagonal plate, especially at this price.  It sits on top of your Simply scored tool for easy diagonal score lines at 1/8″ intervals. Great tool, great price.

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit:  My feeling is that at this price this kit is going to go very fast indeed.  If you want one (and I’m ordering mine now) get in quick.

Square Framelits:  Great for matting your cards, without measuring anything.

All of the Punches, but particularly  the Tag Topper Punch and Little Labels punches set of three small punches.

Don’t forget Stampin’ UP! products make great gifts for crafty friends too.

Happy Bargain hunting.

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