Joining a Team

Joining a Team can be fun. Honestly ! Really ! I was always last to be picked at school, with a curvy figure and being under 5 foot tall, I was never going to be a great sportswoman. I did enjoy hockey and swam like a fish but still never chosen. Now I’m not after sympathy because many years later I have discovered the sheer delight of being a team player.

Now I have experienced Stampin’ Up! teams. I’m converted. I love teams. Really Stampin’ Up! teams are simply crafting families. I love being part of and leading an arty team. Above is a fab photo of my Team mates and I at a great event in Germany recently. I’m the one in the middle with the red trainers.

So what can I do to persuade you to join my team.

Well here goes you will get :

  • Access to exclusive invitation only craft events both here in the UK, in Europe and World Wide.
  • Local hand on get togethers for crafters in Worcestershire including a yearly BBQ and Christmas Party with a focus on papercrafts.
  • You get access to team chat and special craft help on the internet 24/7.
  • Inspiration from around the globe in safe closed Facebook groups where everyone is positive and friendly.
  • Regular product shares including ribbon and paper shares so you get more choice for your money.
  • Thank you gifts on team anniversaries.
  • At least 20% off all catalogue purchases while a team member.
  • The chance to make a bit or even a lot of money by becoming a demonstrator yourself.
  • And…. much…….much……more……

BUT of course you will want to think about it as there is a cost to joining.

For £99 you can join Team Gilly for up to 7 months. That’s less than £15 a month. YOU GET the following and believe me it’s an amazing deal.

You get to choose £130 worth of goods from the catalogue ( no specials, you can choose absolutely any items you want from any current catalogue up to the £130 value ). They are yours forever if you choose not to renew your team membership you simply walk away no contract to cancel no money owing and you keep all your goodies.

So why am I posting now. Well I know Christmas is on the way and Some of you maybe lucky enough to get money as presents.

ALSO If you can bear waiting till January then I will be offering a mini trimmer and free designer papers and a Stamp set of your choice on top of the existing amazing deal as part of our January Sales joining deals.

F A B U L O U S Darling !

Email me to discuss this deal further or simply go to the top of the page and join the team using the top tab.

Scandinavian Style Tree

A lovely Christmas tree. Heat embossing adds dainty details. Beautifully trimmed in vanilla ivory lace with a tiny snowflake topping the tree. The Crumb Cake ink and card stock provide a softness with a simple seasons greetings message completing the design.

Made using the dainty tree from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp set. I have a great video showing you how I made it.

I am Brave !

Yes! This is such a big deal for me. I have posted a You Tube video. I’m really not the most techy person. Although I know a four year old could probably do it in their sleep, for non tech old me, it’s a huge deal. I now have 3 posted and one ready to show you on Friday show casing this card.

Please hop over to and in the search bar add my name gillyhunt and find my videos. Every person who watches to the end and leaves a comment means I get a boost up the system with You Tube. Thanks a million in anticipation of your help. Each video is aimed at total beginners so if you have friends that you think might like to start card making why not link them to my videos. x

Stampin’ Up! event in Germany

I’m just home from Germany…. Phew! I’m exhausted!

What an amazing time I’ve just had in Germany with my Stampin’ Up! pals, old and new.

Once again I’ve had the privilege of joining my fellow team members and crafters from around the world at a Stampin’ Up! event. This year’s European venue was in Dortmund.

Several days with a fun packed daily event program, including crafting, watching stunning demonstrations, business talks, indoor fireworks and drumming entertainment,  along with swapping handcrafted items and cheering each others successes.

Late nights and new friends.

I have chattered about crafting from dawn and on into the early hours most nights. I’ve caught up with many wonderful friends from round the world and made new friends which is such a treat. It’s amazing meeting new people at these events as we all share an instant connection. We share a love or art and crafting. With the new mini catalogue in hand   ” ohhs”  and  “ahhhhs” and lots of pointing brings us together no matter what our native language. Watch this space later in the year because the New Year will start with a huge bang as I introduce you to the new papers, stamps and much more as the mini catalogue goes live. I’m just sorry we are sworn to secrecy till then.

Shopping and socialising at Essen’s Christmas Market.

We even managed time off from crafting one evening to visit the Christmas market in Essen. Plenty of mulled wine and hot chocolate crepes, and some of my favourite ladies for company just perfect.


I really do urge you to consider joining this wonderful group so you too can come to the next event  email me  for details.

Christmas Trees

What are these going to be?

Well I’ve finally managed a simple video tutorial. It’s my first hopefully of many more to come.  I’m a bit unsure about it as I can see so many things I wanted to go back and improve but hey at some point you just have to go for it and post so I have….ahhh!!!  We all have to start somewhere and hopefully it can only get better with time! I hope it’s good enough to show you how to make my wonderful simple Christmas Tree decorations which I made as swaps for the recent Stampin’ Up! event in Germany.

Now for your challenge please go to YouTube and in the search bar type  gillyhunt Christmas Trees 01 and find my video tutorial. It shows you how to make them and also at the end shows several examples in differing colour ways etc.

As this is my first try please give me positive feedback comments if you liked them so that I can see who has found me. Thanks a million. Then come back find me again to my blog when I plan to show you variations on the theme. To be sure not to miss them why not subscribe so I can notify you when the next blog and video is coming out just add your email in the side bar. IMG_5687.jpeg

Stained Glass effects.

These beautiful papers are in the catalogue to buy and are simple black line drawings on velum papers. They are perfect to colour yourself using either Stampin’ Up! alcohol Blenders or the dye based Marvellous Markers.

Fancy doing the same wonderful effect but with a dainty white border. Here’s my take on it . Ink your stamp up with versa mark and use white embossing powder setting it with a heat gun. Then you have your very own velum design to colour. Make a simple card leaving the bird appearing to hang by sticking it with tear tape in just one tiny spot. For a superb mobile hang amongst your pot plants on invisible fishing line or glue dot to individual leaves as I have done above.

Tartan Team Time

Heads down and all concentrating. A rare moment of quiet! Using the wonderful large block stamp Buffalo stamp to create tartan papers during our latest Team event. We created tartans in a wide variety of colour by simply using the Marvellous Markers Stampin’ Up! ‘s dye based pens. Using a simple ruler and adding lines of colour between the Buffalo patterned squares. Single lines are fine but doubles allows for more colour.

Above a few of our tartans pale and pretty for baby cards, bright and cheery suited to any occasion including the red which would be good for Christmas maybe and some darker more macho designs. Below a simple close up of one of my favourite combinations – Pumpkin Pie with lines in Rich Razzleberry and Shaded Spruce. Go on have a go every one will be special and individual to you.

Team Time

This lovely card is to welcome new Team members. It’s designed by Michelle and we made these at our last team time together. It’s so nice it’s staying for a while as my Team Gilly giveaway. Team members are welcomed with a card and a useful colour chart along with a few other goodies too.

I could send you one. YES. Don’t delay join Team Gilly. Click the link at the very top of the page.

Imagine your name inside here? Not 100% sure or just want to know more. Please feel free to email me and we can arrange to talk about the opportunities. Go on choose to be a part of something fun. Choose to follow in my footsteps and earn yourself some extra money by becoming a full or part time demonstrator. Your hobby can pay for itself or with a little more work you can earn a living crafting.

The joining offer is amazing all year round but it’s super special right now. Starting from Jan till March we have the extra special deals above. Don’t stop and think just join. So many of my team say they didn’t realise what fun it would be. Many worried that by joining they will be pestered and hassled to buy more or do more. They worried they would have to remember to cancel contracts. I have plenty of team members and ex-team members who have been with Team Gilly and had a fabulous time. Most stay but some chose to step down from the team for their own reasons and are very happy to chat with you by email if you have any concerns about joining.

A Great Get Together.

Notes from a great day out……….at Milton Keynes.

Cocktails and a meal the night before with Liz’s team and the Brilliant Baz.

A great plan but add crafting, crafting, crafting and chatter, chatter, chatter, giggle, giggle giggle and lots of hugs!

Some amazing inspiration stations provided by 5 very talented crafters.

A huge long table of samples sharing all our work with one another . Thanks so much to everyone who took classes and revitalised my crafting. For those who swapped with me allowing me to take these lovely samples home to show my class members.

Lucky Lucy on our table won 4 of the raffle prizes and here is Abby from Team Gilly with a big win taking home a fab die and stamp bundle.

It will not surprise anyone who knows me that as usual I was too busy having a catch up and chat to get all the projects done on the day but I have the kit and will enjoy crafting at home. Here’s on I did complete and what a great card all ready for my lovely mum later in the year. You can’t see here but it has a fantastic fold front which divides the card triangularly and has a pretty single butterfly inside just awaiting my greeting.

Last but not least I just had to include this photo. When you forget your knife to spread your cream cheese at lunch what do you do? Well, use your bone folder of course!! I love you Lexy xx