Ever wondered what happens when thousands of Stampin Up UK demonstrators get together?

Can you imagine what happens when thousands of Stampin Up demonstrators get together once a year to celebrate creativity, see the latest new Stampin Up products, learn business tips & share experiences? 

Here's a sneak peek what goes on behind the scenes and if you want to know how you can be part of it simply click here to find out more about starting your Stampin Up journey ....



Lisa

How taking an interest in your craft business customers will attract more of them!

It's so flattering & exciting to have followers, likers, fans, subscribers, commentors and members raving about your business both on and offline, verbally and in writing. 

It makes a difference, feels rewarding, means a lot and makes you feel as though you're really making a difference in the world. 


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Wouldn't it be great to share that feeling and give back to those who give to you?


#20 Check out who's following you, commenting on your content, liking your products, recommending you to others and reciprocate whenever possible. Pay it back, forward, sideways or wherever & remember what goes around comes around.


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Get Nautical with Stampin Up High Tide


High Tide Product Suite

Hello, Sailor 
Hello Sailor Stamp set


 
High Tide designer series paper


Essentials Wooden Elements Hardwood
Essentials Wooden Elements & Hardwood stamp

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Why you should turn off the turn off comment verifications on your craft blog or website TODAY

You're totally engaged, absorbed and engrossed in reading a blog or website content post. 

The words resonate with you, strike a chord, hit a spot. Hell yeah!

You're so moved that you feel compelled to leave a comment showing your appreciation and empathy. 


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After summoning up your best message you notice the CAPTCHA, word verification, sums, puzzle or tick boxes all designed to confirm you're not a spammer or bot. 

Trouble is, you can't read the words, work out the puzzle or even the sum ;) 

So you give up and pass on leaving your insightful comment to die on the breeze. Just like the visitors to your site do.


#19 Remove the CAPTCHA, word verification, sums, puzzles & tick boxes from your blog or website comment moderation. Stick to physically moderating & approving your comments manually instead. More friendly. More personal. Also gives you the opportunity to comment back immediately too - always a good thing imho.


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Muslin handmade stamped party bags using Stampin Up mini muslin bags

We're back in celebration mode again - this time it was the turn of my youngest daughter who turned 3! We celebrated with a small tea party with lashings of cake, sweets & all sorts of other 3 year old treats overseen by her current favourite Jake & the Neverland Pirates characters :)


As it would seem almost criminal for me to buy party decorations and party favour bags rather than make them  this time I used Stampin Up's mini muslin bags which are great for stamping on and personalising, great value for money (just over £1 each for a keepsake bag which doesn't get rip or thrown away after the party!) and also sneakily small enough that you can't cram too many sweets in - although in these bags I got a yoyo, bouncy ball, toy watch, glow stick, bubbles & several sherbert sweets so not bad!


I hand stamped them with stamps pedominately from Cycle Celebration, Notable Alphabet (always a winner for personalising projects!), Pappliion Potpourri butterflies, Sketched Birthday and the dots/bubbles stamp is actually from one of last years Christmas sets! 

If you've invested in purchasing the stamps - you got to use them as much as possible! 



I used inks in Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Pistachip Pudding & Coastal Cabana to reflect the happy, bright hues of the sherbert sticks :)


The tags were made from Birthday Basics designer series papers, Elegant Buterfly punch, and Cycle Celebrations stamps. 

Our wonderful Jake and the Neverland Pirates cake was once again made by the fabulous Rosy Fallick of Cakes for All in Banbury - our go-to cake maker for all occasions :)


Just a few weeks to go now to the next birthday in May - mine ;)


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How writing less content means more to your craft business fans

Short is sweet. In a nutshell. To the point. Boiled down. Make a long story short.

SuccessSpark#18 Free marketing tips for creative business growth & success

In an age where businesses have embraced the notion of marketing themselves through copywriting, content creation, blogging, podcasting, webinars & story telling words have never been more important in creating an impression.


Contrast this with the constraints on peoples time, concentration, focus, imagination, ability, money & energy and you'll see how short, to the point & insightful, actionable messages are unequivocably necessary, more welcomed, engaging and memorable than ever. 


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#18 Keep your marketing messages short, to the point and 
most importantly relevant to your customers


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How to watercolour using Stampin Up stamps & spritzer video tutorial

Pleasantly surprised to see my work was been also picked up by The Lighting Experts in their Easter inspirational interior design blog sites feature earlier this week  - here's a snapshot of the article featuring my Easter basket tutorial ... 
  


So, onto today's tutorial - have you ever wondered how you can get watercolour paint effects using Stampin Up inks & stamps? Here's a quick video tutorial to show you just how quick & simple the watercolour spritz technique is! Enjoy :)




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Owl mini milk carton box with Stampin Up products tutorial

Today's cute owl mini milk carton gift box using the Stampin Up Mini Milk Carton Bigz die is a fun gift box that could be adapted to suit almost any occasion - birthdays, weddings, christenings, childrens parties - almost anywhere that requires a little favour box as part of the celebrations!


The gift box takes just SECONDS to make using the Stampin Up mini milk carton Bigz die which both cuts & scores your chosen card leaving you to just need to fold & stick together. As the Stampin Up big shot cuts up to 4 layers of card at each time then it's quick & easy to make multiples of these boxes in a short amount of time :)



The little owl family is straight from the Baby We've Grown set and I've found this to be one of the most versatile sets in the Stampin Up catalogues - it can be used for a variety of occasions which is really important to me when I consider whether or not to purchase a craft product - I need value for money!! the owls have been coloured in using Stampin Up write markers with blender pens to give a seamless almost watercoloured look to them which is one of my favourite ways to use them - see here for some more ideas of how to use!


My little house roof was made using one of the Stampin Up labels collection framelits - another go-to set of mine with Daffodil Delight designer series paper stack paper which is the best value way to buy Stampin Up patterned paper as you get 40 12" x 12" double sided sheets in 10 colours for just £0.48 per sheet! My little bunting was made using my first ever Stampin Up punch purchase - the Petite Pennants builder punch strung with some Sale-a-bration sweet sorbet bakers twine and cute little wooden pegs :)

On a personal note, I had some wonderful news a few days ago regarding a whole team of Stampin Up UK demonstrators admiring and recreating one of my projects en masse - am so honoured to be able to inspire you all and thank you for taking the time to read my blog and create!


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Why only selling your crafts online may damage your craft business success

SuccessSpark#17 Free marketing tips for creative business growth & success

There are estimated to be around 30 million online sellers around the world* all clamouring for sales as a result of the huge explosion in the accessibility of the internet coupled with ease & expectation of purchasing 24/7, the increasing professionalism & credibility of sellers, secure online payments, swift delivery & empathetic customer care policies. 

However,  when your products are intuitively created from the heart purposefully designed to stimulate four of the five bodily senses - sight, touch, smell, taste - selling online becomes somewhat ineffective. 

Granted whilst detailed semi-professional photographs and carefully crafted customer oriented descriptions go a long way to igniting potential customers imagination of the product benefits nothing can replace the authenticity and legitimacy of touching, feeling, smelling, tasting & seeing a real, physical product & talking with a real, live seller with a story to tell.

By all means sell your creative products online through websites, blogs, Etsy shops, Ebay or whichever selling platform you choose but remember the influential role that being able to touch, taste, see & smell the product directly brings to potential customers.



#17 Get out and about with your product even if you predominately sell online. 
Nothing can replace being able to touch, feel, smell, taste, use 
and see your product first hand .

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Quick 2 minute tip to keep visitors on your craft business blog or website longer

SuccessSpark#16 Free marketing tips for creative craft business growth & success

Hooray! You've got a blog or website visitor. Or two. Or two hundred! 

Regardless of how many visitors you get to your blog or website each day, there's one thing you'll definitely want to do. 

Keep them your site reading through all the great content you produce for them. 

How? 

It's simple and you can put it into place today, right now!




#16 Add a list of popular posts to your website or blog side bar to 
keep visitors reading through your site for longer


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Cute Camera mini album gift box tutorial using Stampin Up UK Retro Fresh products

My cute camera box would make the perfect keepsake for the forthcoming summer holidays - and before you think that's ages away it's only 9 weeks until Midsummer! (And just 36 weeks until Christmas ;)  


I've used a mixture of Retro Fresh designer series paper over a base of Coastal Cabana cardstock with a hint of Soho Subway paper in for the trims. 

To make the camera base simply cut a slim box size to suit your project needs (my camera box is just about big enough to hold a small mini album for photos & journaling which I'll be sharing another day with you :) 

My box is 6" wide and only 1" in depth and 4" in height and the lid is made from a separate piece of card which measures 1.5" wide and 6 1/4 " wide and sits snugly on top of the camera box.


I've decorated the box using the grid papers from the Soho Subway collection which I've punched both side with the scallop edge punch for interest & detail measuring 1" wide. 

The centre piece is a strip of Retro Fresh measuring 2" wide and has a new wood circle embellishment and calypso coral button as a embellishment.


There's another cute wood embellishment on the top of the box too! I'm really enjoying having the wood embellishments in my Stampin Up stash :) The top lid is also decorated with Retro Fresh Stampin Up paper. 

To finish I've used some leftover Sweet sorbet bakers twine from the now retired Sale-a-bration free products (if you missed out on the freebies this year I'm sure it will return next year!)

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An easy to fix business blog or website mistake you may be making

Today's marketing tip for creative & craft businesses is really simple and needs no introduction. You may have already considered it and if so, high five to you :)

 It's a simple, quick & easy tip that can be automated, scheduled or diarised ahead so no need for extra effort, investment or time.

When you've spent hours, days, weeks & years carefully & consciously crafting and creating your online content, images & readership don't make the simple mistake of not backing up your blog or web site on a regular basis.


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#15 Back up your blog or website on a regular, scheduled basis without fail!


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How eating cake creates loyal & engaged craft business blog & website readers

SuccessSpark#15 Free marketing tips for creative business growth & success

I love cake. I'd happily eat cake most of the time. However there are days when cake just isn't as appealing to me. I fancy something a little different. Doesn't mean I don't like cake anymore. Just want to expand my horizons & have a taste of something else. Like biscuits ;) 

Still needs to be sweet, still related, still ringing the same bells. Just a little different.


c. Lisa Barton

Your readers/fans/likers/followers are no different. They love what you create, produce & serve to them. It's just sometimes they'll probably be appreciative of something a little different. Still on a similar palette, just a different texture or taste. 

Expand your horizons and serve them up a different range of flavours from time to time to keep them sweet.
#15 Identify what your readers/likers/followers appreciate content wise 
the create it, find it & share it with them. Sharing = caring 

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How to double emboss your handmade cards & papercrafts with a quick & easy video tutorial

Double Embossing is a fantastic technique to make Wow cards & papercraft projects - here's a quick video tutorial from Stampin Up to show you just how easy and impressive this technique is :)



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