Michelle Last

Birthday Blooms & Hexagons Embossing Folder

This week at the Global Design Project we are casing the designer and guess what the designer is ME!  It is a bit strange casing yourself but it was easier that I thought.

Birthday Blooms & Hexagons & Embossing Folder

How I created my card

I embossed the background using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder which gives a really deep emboss to the whisper white card.  I mounted the white onto silver foil to pick up the heat embossed greeting.

Can you see the subtle sparkle on the flower?  I used my Wink of Stella.

I used the layering circles framelits to create a focal point to add the beautiful flower from Birthday Blooms which I coloured using the Calypso Coral and Old Olive Watercolour pencils and an Aqua Painter.

Birthday Blooms for #GDP084

I stamped the flower from Birthday Blooms using Basic Grey Archival Ink from Stampin Up and cut around the coloured image.

The scallop circle frame was raised with foam adhesive strips and the friend word is from the Oh Happy Day card kit stamps.  Here is the card we all have to case this week, why don’t you join us and make something casing my card below?  You can case any element, the design, colour scheme, products used it is up to you, I would love to see what you come up with.

#GDP084 case the designer Michelle Last

Let’s pop on over to the Global Design Project website to see what the other design team members have made?

If you would like to purchase any of the items I have used to make this card please pop on over to my online shop and be sure to check out the retiring items and snaffle up the items you cannot live without.

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Falling Flowers from #GDP083

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter.

This week over at the Global Design Project we are making projects which are sparkly or bling.

I am not normally known for sparkles and don’t have a strong love of glitter but I used out heat and stick powder and our dazzling diamonds glitter on the Falling Flowers Bundle as the heat and stick keeps the glitter on the card.   Heat & Stick is being discontinued so if you love it I encourage you to stock up.

#GDP083 Falling Flowers from Stampin Up

It is wedding season and I decided to use Falling Flowers and Better Together for the sentiment.  I stamped the background with soft sky ink and the beautiful swirly stamp onto whisper white cardstock.

I then stamped several flowers and leaves in versa mark and sprinkled over the heat and stick powder and heat set and whilst the glue from the Heat & Stick was still tacky I sprinkled over the Dazzling Diamonds glitter which then sticks in place without rubbing off.

I then die cut the flowers and leaves with the matching May Flowers Framelit dies.  You only have until the end of May to stock up on this bundle of stamps and framelits at a 10% discount.  They are going into the new annual catalogue but they won’t be offered at a discounted bundle.

The greeting/sentiment is from Better Together which I heat embossed in white onto vellum.

#GDP083 Falling Flowers from Stampin Up & Better together

It is so sparkly and I raised the flowers up on dimensionals and added a pearl to the centre of the flowers.

So I really hope you are going to play along this week and make something of your own which is sparkly/blingy and upload to the Global Design Project.

Let’s pop on over to see what the other design team members have made using this same theme, you are sure to be blown away.


All the items I have used to make this card are available from my online shop.  Be sure to grab the Falling Flowers Bundle before the end of May to get it at a 10% discount when buying the stamps and framelits together.

Please use the monthly hostess code 9SVVNN9T to receive a free thank you gift from me when spending £20+ (and less than £150).

Wishing you all a wonderful week.  I’m am taking our daughter back to Uni tomorrow.

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Team Gifts for Stampin Up OnStage

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend.

I promised I would be back with more gifts which I shared with my team at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Amsterdam.

I had a gift for my direct team members who went to the OnStage event.  I was given this bag by one of my friends and team members Nicole and it planted a little seed at what a lovely gift this would be to share with my team.

I purchased the initial bags from Next and then added sweeties, pens and highlighter as we were to receive a copy of the brand new Annual catalogue whilst at the event.

Statement of the Heart from Stampin Up

I included a swap inside the bag and also handmade a magnetic closure bookmark for their new catalogue which had the Stampin Up Statement of the Heart on it.

Statement of the Heart from Stampin Up

It is such a lovely reminder as to why we do what we do and perfectly represents Stampin’ Up!

I used the layering squares framelits and a little heart from the Enamel Shapes.

I also organised a team dinner at a very swanky restaurant near the conference centre call The Roast Room.

I wanted to create a table plan and rather than make name plates for each place I decided I would make a frame with a personalised quote for each person unique to them.

I slipped them inside the little glassine gift bags and cello bags and made a matching tag and added their names.

Birthday Blossoms Gift Tags from Stampin Up

I had a real near miss as I had two Lisa’s at the dinner and realised shortly before they looked at their gift that I had them the wrong way round!  It was seriously a close shave when you know that one of the frames quoted
‘If anyone breaks your heart, punch them in the face, seriously punch them in the face and go get ice cream’.

Table Gifts for Stampin Up OnStage 2017

We had a lovely evening and got to hang out and meet our fellow US demo’s Janet Wakeland, Lisa Pretto and Georgia Giguere who had travelled from the US to enjoy OnStage in Amsterdam.

Pinkies Team Dinner in Amsterdam

And finally we had a celebratory event held by Stampin Up at a local hotel which included a Michelin * dinner and dancing along with a lovely gift of a new stamp set and apron.

Centrestage Dinner at OnStage Amsterdam

I gave a gift to those who attended, they work hard to reach the title of Silver Elite to be invited and I wanted to know I really do appreciate them.  Inside these gift bags were some planner goodies as we are all planner geeks.

Centrestage Goodies for Stampin Up OnStage

And finally we managed to organise a team photo, nearly everyone made the photo and I really enjoy working alongside all these wonderful ladies from across Europe.Pinkies Team Photo with Michelle Last

I hope you enjoyed a little insight into the Stampin Up events, why not join me next time?  Simply buy the starter kit and join my team of demo’s, I know you would love it!

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Stampin’ Up! OnStage Swaps & Gifts

Happy Easter to all my friends and blog readers.

I have recently returned from Stampin’ Up! OnStage in Amsterdam.  Demonstrators gather together every 6 months to share new catalogues and products, celebrate and swaps.  At these wonderful fun events we meet with team and I get the chance to spoil my team members.


We give out ‘swaps’ which are card samples.  We make as many as we wish all in the same design (because its easier to make lots of the same design) and swap them at the event with other demos.  So that means I arrive with lots of the same card and come home with loads and loads of card ideas and samples in different designs and varying stamp sets. I will be sharing a Facebook live on my business page in the coming week showing you all the goodies and swaps I received so be sure to have liked my page to see the live or watch it back at your leisure

My sister Carolyn is my stamping helper and she helped me make 160 of these swaps as I also used these cards for my thank you gifts to anyone placing an online order with me in March 🙂

Birthday Blossoms from Stampin Up

I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set which you may have overlooked in the annual catalogue on page 13. I was inspired by Erum Jasmeem.  I used the gorgeous grunge stamp set which has been retired and has already sold out but the splatter stamp in Touches of Texture would work just as well and the hello lovely stamp is from the Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory pack (page 163).

I added some sequins in the centre of the flowers which really sparkle, shame the photos does not do it justice.

As I mentioned I continued the theme for my thank you cards and gifts for anyone placing an online order with me in March.  These have been posted out (on Tuesday) so I feel I can finally share the surprise gift that everyone will receive this month.

Online order thank you gift from Michelle Last

I sent an archival gray ink pad and a 6×6″ silver and gold foil sheets and some whisper white envelopes.  I really do appreciate everyone who supports me and my business 🙂

I give a little something to my team members who attend OnStage and have a swap and a little bag with a pack of lace doilies and a handmade reminder of the Statement of the Heart which is Stampin’ Up’s mission statement.

Team Swaps & Gifts OnStage Stampin Up

I am so lucky to have a large team and it was so nice to get a hug and share the OnStage experience with them.

I was a little laden down with bags though on the first day!  It is no wonder I suffer with a bad back!

Team Swaps for OnStage Stampin Up

And finally some of my team give me presents and I am so thankful for their kindness and generosity that I took along a little supply of Easter treats to give out to my extended team in return for their lovely gifts.

Easter Bunnies from Stampin Up

Am gutted that this little bunny from Basket Bunch has now sold out.  It proves you need to be quick and snap up your favourites from the catalogue.  There are still lots of favourites left so check out the retiring list by clicking the image on the right hand side to go direct to my shop and see the lists or click the link to my retiring list blog post to download a pdf or excel spreadsheet.

Here are the supplies I used to make my swap, click any of the image below to go direct to that item in my shop and don’t forget to add the monthly hostess code if you place an online order for £20+ (and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift from me.

Be sure to come back on Sunday when I share more of the gifts I made for my teamies from OnStage

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Retiring List

Stampin Up Retiring Products 2017

It is that time of year, time to say goodbye to retiring items that will NOT be carried over in the new Annual catalogue which is launched on 1st June 2017.

So do you want to see what is retiring? Choose the file type you prefer below

Retiring List pdf < see now

Retiring List excel < see now

Items from both the Annual Catalogue and the seasonal catalogue which will NOT be carried over are shown on the lists above.

Items are sure to sell out fast so be quick!  Order online and if your order is £20+ please use the April hostess code to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me.  You are welcome to call me as I would be happy to place your order for you.

If the items you would like give you a backordered notice that means there is more stock expected into the warehouse and that your order will likely be fulfilled.  If you enter the code and you get a notification that this is has been discontinued and this item cannot be added to your order that means this item has sold out and is no longer available.

Some of the items are being reconfigured so if you see the basic rhinestones for example this does not mean that we will no longer be selling rhinestones, it just means they have been repackaged and will be offered in a different configuration.

And finally it is a wonderful time to join, you can add any current items to your starter kit including retired and discounted products.  You pay £99 and you can choose £130 worth of any products and you get to see the brand new catalogue coming in June and an even better perk, demonstrators get to pre-order some of the new products in May!  Click the ‘buy the starter kit’ tab above for more info and to join now.

I’d love to welcome you to join me and my team to share the fun!

Stampin Up Retiring List 2017


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