Sunday, 25 November 2012


Thanks to all you lovely people who came and supported us at our 5th Ultimate Rubber Stamping Demo Day last month. It was a super day as always and the girls demo'ing did an amazing job yet again.

===== Kim =====

Kim was busy demo'ing products from Imagination Crafts along with Mica powders, twinkling H20s and the incredible Stampendous Frantage range. You can see more of Kim's creations on her blog Kimx

===== Clare =====

Copic Markers, Molly Blooms Stamp Designs, jute string, 3D creations - this combo can only be the talented Clare Rowlands. Follow Clare's adventures on her blog : Molly Blooms

===== Lisa =====

Lisa made me laugh, she'd gone for a walk with hubby and new puppy the day before the demo and hubby couldn't understand why the walk was taking so long and why Lisa kept stopping to pick up things. Lisa was collecting real leaves to create her autumn feel to her table top. And what a cool display it turned out to be.

Lisa was loving demo'ing her new eBosser and seems like you guys did too - we completely sold out on the day :)
EBossers are not back in stock with UK suppliers now until early Jan :(

===== Louise =====

Copic Markers, Distress Markers, Saturated Canary stamps, Wild Rose Studio and Magnolia stamps were among the array of products that Louise worked with on the day. Such a talented lady. Keep up-to-date with Louise's artwork by following her blog : Just Love To Stamp.

===== Michelle =====

Michelle was completely crackers! Sorry, I meant Michelle was creating DIY crackers! She also demo'ing all things sticky along with foil and beads. It never ceases to amaze me what she comes up with. Hope to see more of Michelle next year in a demo or two if she can fit us in.

===== Chris=====

Chris was having way too much fun showing you how to embellish your Christmas projects with the brand new Tattered Poinsettia bigz die from Tim Holtz along with grungeboard, Kaisercraft projects and sweeties!

===== Lou =====

If you haven't seen Lou's unique style of working with colouring mediums and the results she gets from being creative with magnolia stamps, you are really missing a treat. She'll be doing more demo's next year with us and watch out for the possibility of a class or two :) To find out more about Lou's creations, you can follow her blog at Crafty Lou's Small world.

If you enjoyed the projects and artwork you saw on the day, keep an eye on the class schedule as many of these lovely ladies teach classes at Sir Stampalot too. Classes can fill up quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

Next class schedule for the first quarter of 2013 will be released at midday on Monday 17th Dec 2012 - still quite a few classes and dates to finalise but we should be target.

As well as the demonstrators, we had plenty of helpers on the day on-hand for all our needs! Jane and Cheryl were on catering duty (check out the green spooky tarts):

Steph and Mandy were our runners for the day, and Kay was extremely busy manning her own 'Create It Yourself' table as well as helping out with anything that needed attention.

And my folks were as helpful as ever, where would I be without them? Thanks all.

More amazing pumpkins carved out by Steph again this year, check this one out, a spooky witch design.

Thanks from all the team at Sir Stampalot, the demo'ing girls and myself, to everyone who came and supported us; it wouldn't be such a wonderful day if you weren't there!

And well done to Cheryl from Bretton, Peterborough - she was the lucky lady who won the prize draw on the day.

We'll be announcing a competition next week with goodies donated by Michelle from Stix 2. Watch this space...

Next FREE demo day here at Sir Stampalot, Peterborough, is not far away. On Saturday 8th December we have Jayne Saunders coming to demo her range of decoupage stamps and stencils along with the superb sparkle medium and micas from Imagination Crafts. See you then. Don't forget your camera!

Happy crafting - janicex

Date for your diary: 6th Ultimate Rubber Stamping Day on Sat Oct 26th 2013 :)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

The 5th Ultimate Rubber Stamping Demo Day

It’s nearly here – yippee!

THE big day.

Our 5th Ultimate Rubber Stamping Demo Day.

This Saturday 27th Oct 10am - 4pm.

This is a fab day full of FREE demos, FREE refreshments, and a FREE prize draw.

It’s been manic getting all the preparations sorted but we’re nearly there now. The demonstrators are very excited and have been busily prep'ing wonderful samples and ideas to show you on Saturday.

If you want a taster of what it's all about - check out our blog post about last years Ultimate Rubber Stamping Demo Day.

Here's more info about Saturday (and also some info about our 12 hour Mega Sale day on Friday 21st Dec):

The unit we are hiring for Saturday is the same one as last year, just across the way from our shop. Please take care crossing between the two units and watch out for incoming traffic.

Hot tea and coffee will be available on tap throughout the day - along with lots of lovely munchies!

There's also a chance to win a goodie bag. Entry is free. Just copy and paste this form below into a word document, fill it out, print it out and then pop it in the box in the shop on Saturday (27th Oct). Winner will be drawn at the end of the day and notified by phone if not present:


FREE PRIZE DRAW at the 5th Ultimate Rubber Stamping Demo Day on Saturday 27th Oct.

Copy and Paste to word document, fill it out, print it out and pop it in the special box in the shop for your chance to win the goodie bag on display on the day.

Name: __________________________________________________________________

Phone Number :




Valid Instore on Saturday 27th Oct Only


Good Luck everyone and hope to see you Saturday.

I’m off to make the food shopping list now, getting hungry just thinking about all the munchies!!

Safe journey.

- janicex

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

UKS Blog Hop

If you are visiting from the UKScrappers Sponsor Blog Hop you may have come here from Shimelle. After commenting (and BE SURE TO MENTION YOUR UKS USER NAME in your comment) hop on to SJ Crafts. If you lose your way, hop to the UKS post to see the whole linked list. Be sure to reply in that thread when you complete the hop!

Hanging Scalloped Keepsake
by Sir Stampalot

Panel One

Panel Two

Panel Three



Kit (UKS-001) contents
  • ·         3 sheets of Sizzix Mount Board (656492)
  • ·         3 sheets of Konnichiwa from Basic Grey (Koi Pond, Pagoda, Hello Friend) cut into:
  • ·         2 die cuts from Tattered Flower Garland die 657824
  • ·         3 die cuts from Fancy Flourishes Set die (655675)
  • ·         3½  panel die cuts from Scalloped Rectangle die (656698)
  • ·         5 label die cuts from Scalloped Rectangle die (656698)
  • ·         4 Red Book Rings 25 mm
  • ·         Ribbon
Need in addition to kit
  • ·         Cropadile/Hole Punch
  • ·         Pinflair
  • ·         Glue Runner
  • ·         Blending Tool with Foam
  • ·         Distress Ink (Gathered Twig)
  • ·         Two 6x3 ¾” landscape photos
  • ·         Title


  1. Cover the scalloped rectangle chipboard panels with the patterned paper (the paper is double sided so you can choose which side you prefer)
  2. Use a Cropadile or hole punch to punch the extra holes where needed ready for the book rings
  3. Distress the edges of these 3 panels with the blending tool and your choice of distress ink (I used Gathered Twigs).
  4. Select flowers and leaves in order to create 3 separate layered flowers.
  5. Distress the edges of all the elements (3 swirls, 5 label pieces, 1 part panel, all chosen flowers and leaves).
  6. Adhere part section of Konnichiwa paper to the middle base panel, off to the right hand side.
  7. Arrange distress edged flourish swirls around photos to suit and then adhere both to the chosen base panels.
  8. Arrange and layer labels as required and adhere to base panels.
  9. Adhere each flower layer with Pinflair glue along with the leaves onto the base panels.
  10. Select yourself a title and arrange onto middle panel including a swirl die cut if desired.  I’ve used chipboard letters painted with Red Pepper Acrylic Dabber for the G and C and then die cut letters using Sizzix alphabet die (654900) on Bazzill Red Rock cardstock (T2-229).
  11. Use book rings to join panels together in desired sequence.
  12. Finish off by tying ribbon through holes on topmost panel.
  13. Hang and Enjoy!

Please phone us on 01733 324 007 to purchase the kit (UKS-001) at £7.99 as it’s not available online yet – sorry about that.

-          janicex

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Guess Who's Coming?

I'm sooooooo excited. Next quarter we have a very, very special guest coming to Sir Stampalot, Peterborough to teach a couple of classes. I'll be releasing the next schedule of events on Monday midday which will announce who it is and you'll also then be able to book a space on the class if interested. But in the meantime I thought we could have a little bit of fun to see if you can guess who it is.

Please leave a comment on this blog with your guess - 1 guess per comment please.

The Clues


* she's female

* she'll be travelling from abroad to get here

* she lives in a different country to which her family comes from

* she's very crafty and has various crafting interests

* she likes to blog

* she's contributed heavily to the promotion of the Tilda and Edwin stamps for Magnolia both online and in publications

* she's recently featured in a book covering colouring techniques

* her creations are amazing and ofter she will do more than just create the outside when designing cards

This is just a short and sweet game - no more guesses after 6pm tomorrow evening (Sunday).

We'll then pick a random winner from the correct guesses who will win a personalised autographed book :)

Good Luck Everyone

- janicex

Thursday, 19 April 2012

DT Spotlight - Sara

We are very proud here at Sir Stampalot to have many talented ladies who create cards for the shop, website and challenge blog, based on products we sell. Now one such creative DT member is Sara Rosamond.

Here's one of the cards she recently made for us which you can see instore and view on the online gallery.

I love the colours she's used and the combination of the stamps. The paper pieced summer dress looks brilliant and matches her colours of distress inks used on the flower/ribbon border brilliantly. If you are interested in any of the materials to make this card you can see the list here. It's very unfortunate that the Cheery Lynn die she used on this Summer Dress card, I'm having HUGE problems getting hold of and have been waiting since February for more stocks :( So big apologies to all of you that are still waiting for that die from us, as soon as I get my paws on them, I'll get them sent straight out to you.

You can view more of Sara's artwork on her own blog : Inky Fingers

and I seriously urge you to check out her latest Wedding Card creation with all its tiers, pearls and mathematical formulas she used to create it!! Sara brought it into the shop today for me to see up close and personal and literally it took your breath away.

Such a talented lady.

(She's now got her next challenge from me; let's see what she comes up with.)

Sunday, 5 February 2012

CHA 2012 - Dies including Cheery Lynn

Following on from our last post, some of you have asked how this new Pop 'n Cut system will work. It's based on the magnetic 'movers and shapers' idea but has been improved. There will be a base unit and then interchangeable 'inserts'. Here's a picture to give you an idea:
Here's a sample of a finished Pop 'n Cut. Here's the plainly decorated outside of the card:
and here's the fabby Pop 'n Cut decorated 'insert'.

Over the next few weeks you'll see more Cheery Lynn dies instore and online. Their stand at CHA 2012 had plenty of card samples showing off their die designs making it really hard for me to stick to my budget!!

This card is using a couple of Cheery Lynn circular doily dies with a Sarah Kay stamp.
Here's another card sample, this one uses a butterfly die and a wonderful flourish corner die with decorative papers and vellums.
This scrapbook layout using several of the Cheery Lynn dies including doily, border, butterfly and flourishes - wonderful.
and I love this vintage style layout:
This card sample (although slightly covered by another card), shows how just a few dies (ribbon border, decorative border, flowers and foliage dies) can make a simple yet stunning card:
and this elegant and vintage design using border dies and heart filigree dies:
This wall sampler is amazing showing off flowers, foliage and border dies:
and this one is cool too, using one fence die to create the four seasons:
One last piccie for this post, some gorgeous ribbons:
happy crafting
- janicex

Friday, 3 February 2012

Sizzix Pop 'n Cut cards by Karen Burniston at CHA 2012

Short and sweet today :)

Sizziz have released a series of dies designed by Karen Burniston. These dies are called Pop 'n Cut and create amazing cards - check out these 2 clips of our speedy Sizzix run down...

Pop 'n Cut speed show 1 of 2

Pop 'n Cut speed show 2 of 2

- janicex

Thursday, 2 February 2012

New Copic Sketch Colours, Word Play, and Inspiration

Lots of you have been asking for it, Tim Holtz and Sizzix are listening and have now released a new alphabet die set called Word Play. It's an alphabet set for die cutting that is on the Big Xl die size which means you can cut fabric with it. This die includes all the numbers and letters on one die - brilliant. Here's a picture of it alongside a regular decorative strip die:

There are new Stickles colours as well as new Liquid Pearl colours:
Colour swatches of both will be available at the Sir Stampalot shop for you to check out when next visiting.
Sizzix have come out with something called Stamp2Cut.

This is going to be a revolution. It's a software package that allows the eClips electronic cutting machine to cut shapes that are the same as some regular sized stamps. So you won't have to cut the stamped image out once you've stamped it. Superb idea for those of you who are like me and not a fan of cutting out.
Can't wait until the latest Sketch Copic colours arrive:

There are 12 new Copic Sketch colours in total which will come in a 12 pen set or sold individually.

Additionally, as well as the current 72 pen Sketch sets A, B, C and D, these new 12 colours will be combined with other Sketch colours to create the long awaiting E 72 Copic pen Sketch set.

Here's some background info about these new Copic Sketch colours from Marianne:
Loving this clip board from 7 Gypsies:

looks great decorated:

And these decorated tags make a great sampler:

Here's some samples from La Blanche rubber stamps:

Are these creations amazing or what?
Now these were just adorable:

Talking of adorable, I just so love these cute stamps from Stampendous, sorry I didn't take better close ups of these:

And for those of you that love the new Fran-tage products that we sourced end of last year, Stampendous have brought out a couple of new crushed glass glitter colours, including lavender:

and some new fragments:

and also some new kits to help you start your collection and save money:

There are also some new colours in the shabby chic embossing powder range as well as the 'aged' embossing powder range - just look at the embossing effect on these samples:

Here are some other samples of cards and layouts from a variety of stands at CHA

Here are some Basic Grey samples:

Loving these ribbons too:

Here are some Hero Arts samples:

and really like this stamp set from Hero Arts too:

Are these trees any good for you Brenda and Sally?

Sizzix Pop 'n Cut in the next post :)
- janicex