OnStage Perth - my presentation projects

A couple of weekends ago, I took part in the running of OnStage Perth - a training and stamping day for demonstrators that was part of a simultaneous Stampin' Up! event at 13 locations worldwide. It was my third and final event as a member of the Event Council, which provided me the opportunity to effectively work as a staff member for the event weekend, doing everything from setting up the day before, presenting on the stage, assisting in the running of the event on the day and packing down afterwards.

I am all at once bereft and relieved that my tenure on the council has finished. Whilst I SO loved being up close with so many of the Stampin' Up! staff and demonstrators, the monthly 6am conference calls and the frenzied activity of preparing for presentations in amongst work and life was pretty intense.

Today I'm sharing some projects from my presentation and display board at the event. I had the privilege of presenting a brand new suite of products that will precede the new Annual Catalogue in a special release available from next month. More details on that to follow, but for now, here are a few things I created with the very aptly named "Share What You Love" suite, a celebration of Stampin' Up! demonstrators and the company that has supported them for 30 years...

Thanks so much for stopping by to share in the Share What You Love Suite!

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Thanks for stopping by to share in the joy of the Share What You Love suite with me! Stay tuned for upcoming details on how you can get hold of the array of beautiful products really soon!

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Last chance products - the retiring list is here!

The retiring list has been released, and in order to make way for all of the awesomeness that is coming at us with the release of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue in June, it's necessary that we say goodbye to some existing products.

As is always the case (with the exception of Flirty Flamingo, which is all at once retiring as an In-Color and immediately returning as part of the core colour collection!), the outgoing In-Colors are always in the firing line and tend to sell out quickly, so if you're in the market for a stock up of any of your faves, start HERE. As is ALSO always the case, once they're gone, they're gone...

With a colour revamp officially in the pipeline, it's also time to say goodbye to some of the core colours that will be retiring from the colour offering this year to make way for some fresh new (and returning In-Color! hues) too. So if you love any of these, now is the time to stock up on ink, cardstock and ink refills...

While you browse, you may also note that there are ink pads on the Last Chance List that aren't listed above as retiring colours. This is because the ink pad design is also having an exciting overhaul. As of the release of the new Annual Catalogue in June, all ink pads will be available in the new streamlined design, hence the sell off of existing ink pads in all colours.

As for stamps, bundles, accessories and everything else, click on the category headings below to browse and shop ALL of the retiring products. Something to keep in mind is that while some of the products that make up the bundles will be carrying over, they won't be bundled together in the new catalogue, so won't attract the 10% saving that currently exists on them...

There's a lot to take in, and further information about the colour revamp and fresh new ink pad design will follow soon, but for now, make sure to grab all of your outgoing favourites while you still have the opportunity.

They're available until May 31st, but only while stocks last!

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Engagement wishes with Banners for You

Since I started working full time six weeks ago, I have developed a new and passionate appreciation for the phenomenon of the Public Holiday *grin* We had one this weekend just gone, and it was the perfect combination of activity and recharging.

One of the 'activity' portions of the weekend was the engagement party of some lovely friends on Sunday evening, and I loved partaking of the leisurely creation of this card on Sunday morning...

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I really wanted to use the beautiful Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper, as I simply had to have it after seeing it in real life and haven't used it nearly enough. It's tricky to take a photo that adequately conveys the beauty of this paper - even the photo in the catalogue/online store doesn't do it proper justice, so you really have no option but to do what I did and grab some for yourself... ;-)

I chose the spotted Soft Sky design out of the pack, so continued on with the pale blue/neutral colour scheme of the paper by sponging a pale Soft Sky background, stamping in a combination of Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, and adding some sweet wooden hearts from the Hearts & Stars Elements.

The Banners for You stamp set was the perfect choice for the sentiment, as would the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits have been had I not accidentally left them at work after taking them in for a project I was working on. So if you promise not to look too closely/judge my hand cutting, here's a close up...

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Not one to easily let go of a newly discovered and super fun technique, I revisited the splattery embossed background element from last week's 40th card, and I still love it just as much.

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I hope your weekend was as delightful as mine, whether it was three days long, or the standard two. Thanks for sharing some of your Tuesday with me!

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First birthday partying pandas

A sweet girl that I know turned one on Boxing Day last year, and more recently, she celebrated with a party. I went along with my family, and these dapper guys came along too!

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I wanted to try out one of the stamping techniques that seems to be everywhere I look at the moment. It's called the Eclipse Technique, and it involves using the Large Letter Framelits to cut your word of choice out of a stamped background, then re-inserting the cut out letters, but mounted up on Stampin' Dimensionals, so that they pop out of the background.

Honestly, I'm not sure that the angle of the photo above really illustrates the technique very well, but hopefully the combination of the photo and my description helps you understand the technique if you're not already familiar with it!

The Party Pandas are one of the stamp sets available for FREE with a qualifying Sale-a-bration order, so if YOU want to party with them, you'll need to make sure you grab them before the end of March!

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Sale-a-bration second release

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I've been remiss in not being hastier to pass on the latest update in all things Sale-a-bration.

You will likely be familiar with the original Sale-a-bration FREE product offerings, released at the beginning of January. A vast array to choose from already. But in the event that there's nothing there that steams your pudding (or in the event that you've already earned them all!), there are some new products in town, and my guess is you're going to love them...

FREE with a $90 spend

 Eclectic Expressions | available in woodmount and clearmount

Eclectic Expressions | available in woodmount and clearmount

 Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper

Free with a $180 spend

 
 Blossoming Basket bundle | available in woodmount and clearmount

Blossoming Basket bundle | available in woodmount and clearmount

 

I already have plans for that gorgeous Basket Weave Embossing Folder (Easter basket, anyone...?!) and I'm a huge fan of anything textured and watercolour-ish, so Eclectic Expressions is on my to do list as well.

And I have seen some amazing creations with the Springtime Foils DSP too, so I have some serious creating in my future. It goes without saying that I pre-ordered them all, it was too difficult to choose a favourite, so I chose not to choose... *grin*

Earn YOUR favourites today by shopping in my online store and selecting a FREE Level 1 item for every $90 in your order total or spend $180 and choose a Level 2 item or TWO Level 1s!

Which of the new products leaps out at you...?

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A happy new home

A dear friend and fellow stamper moved away from me a couple of years ago and shifted to Melbourne with her family. Something about a great new opportunity for her husband's career outweighed the ongoing opportunities for us to stamp and drink tea together, so I grudgingly allowed the move.

They moved again recently, sadly no closer to me, but into a lovely new family home, the second big move in as many years. This occasion most definitely called for a card (and likely a large glass of wine and a little lie down...)

I provided the card, hopefully she took care of the wine and the lie down...

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The Flying Home stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue was perfect for the job - the little birdhouse image in particular. I stamped it on Watercolor Paper and coloured it in with Watercolor Pencils and an Aquapainter. The perfect greeting and co-ordinating banner came from the Sweet Home stamp set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits.

Some added texture in the form of some Wood Textures DSP and some Linen Thread, and the little birdies (and my dear friends!) have a new place to call home.

Thanks for flying by today!

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Forty and fabulous!

I made a card. And it came out of my brain instead of off Pinterest. These things must be celebrated, as should beautiful friends who turn 40 and throw gorgeous parties with pretty food on breezy, summery evenings with lovely people in attendance...

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This card is a combination of so many things that I have been wanting to try out recently.

  • Brusho beckons at me often, and I love the vivid stain of the three citrus-y colours in the background
  • The Celebrate You Thinlits - FREE with a qualifying Sale-a-bration order - arrived at my house at least a couple of weeks ago and haven't been aired nearly enough. I love the bold black statement of the 'celebrate' word here
  • Washi tape. The thing that is collected far more frequently than it is used. Or is that just me? A single strip of the black and white patterned washi from the Pick a Pattern pack adds decoration AND function by holding the doily in place
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My favourite thing here though is the splattery golden goodness.

Behold...

It's an idea that I recall Shelli (Stampin' Up! queen and co-founder) demonstrating at an event one time, combined with an idea that I saw on the blog of one of Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Design team. I see these things, file them away and recall them at random times like the weekend just gone.

To get the effect, mix some Tombow Multipurpose Glue with water using an Aquapainter and flick it over the cardstock, leaving little blobs of watery glue. Some Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder poured over the top grabs onto the blobs. Tap off the excess powder, then emboss as usual using the Heat Tool.

Voila! Random, golden and gorgeous!

Hope your weekend was as lovely as mine!

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Life - an update!

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In my previous post, I alluded to some changes that I have coming up this year, specifically some new and exciting challenges on the work front. For the past couple of years, I have been working a few days per week outside of my Stampin' Up! business, mostly because things got a bit hairy with my husband's work (twice!) and it was needed that I make more of a financial contribution to our family.

Late last year, an opportunity crossed my path that was too good to pass up, albeit a full-time opportunity, which is something I haven't done since before my eldest daughter was born almost 15 years ago. I decided that I would throw my hat in the ring and see how things worked out, and ultimately was offered and accepted this new full-time role, commencing at the end of January. Happily, it is a school based role, so I am fortunate to still have school holidays off, which will be a welcome break every ten weeks or so. It is also only a two minute drive (or ten minute walk!) away, so I have more than quartered my previous commute, too. AND - importantly - it's a role where I get to exercise my creative muscles, which I couldn't be more delighted about! *grin*

I'm not sure what the implications will be for my Stampin' Up! business, if any. I have wondered several times in the past couple of years whether it was time to give it all away - if I couldn't do it 'properly' and give it my every waking moment and ounce of energy, should I be doing it at all? Such an all or nothing way of looking at it, and thankfully a mindset that hasn't prevailed!

I had a bit of a revelation for myself in the lead up to the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in November last year. As a member of the current Events Council, I am involved in running and presenting at these events, and in our presentations, we are asked to share how we are going to commit to the event challenge, which is different each time. This last one was Love It. Live It. Share It and initially, I wasn't sure what to make of that. What I arrived at however, was that I could LOVE Stampin' Up!, LIVE Stampin' Up! and SHARE Stampin' Up! right from where I am, within my current combination of circumstances. Or any combination of circumstances I find myself in, in the future.

I don't need to do it at the level I did when I had more time to devote to it and fewer other comittments.

I don't need to wait for the 'perfect storm' of life circumstances to come around so that I can do it 'properly' again.

And I don't need to feel guilty about it, which is where I landed (and nestled in for a while!) when I first started wondering about staying or going when things first changed back in 2015.

I'm not sure what it will all look like, and it's going to take some commitment, organisation and some new habits and processes. But all the best things do, so I'm planning on rising to the challenge, the changes and the potential chaos. If anything, I may well find my productivity increase - they do say that if you need something done, you should give it to a busy person.

I sure hope 'they' know what they're talking about...

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Happy New... Everything!

Hello friends!

Happy New Year! How was your festive break, if you had one? Mine was filled with family, friends and food - fairly standard for the time of year and enjoyable in every sense!

I have recently updated my website with all kinds of information about the current fabulous promotions - too much to put in a single post, so I have separated it out into individual pages that are easier to find and navigate.

Make sure to visit each page and take in all the info - there are resources galore on all of the new products and promotions, so you might want to boil the kettle first :-)

Here you go...

I have a bit of a life update to share as well, but that's a story for another time (soon!), right now I have an email to send (are YOU subscribed..?) and some classes to spruik!

Hooray!

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A striking and mildly unconventional Christmas

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When I think of Christmas card designs, it is rarely that a large amount of black is a feature of my imaginings. That was until my sister-in-law sent me a picture of a card that she knew I'd love, which inspired this remake using stuff that I had on hand.

Super simple in design (less simple in that it requires tiny pieces of no less than three different packs of Designer Series Paper..!) and bold in the use of black as the main feature colour, it is unlike any Christmas card I have ever thought of making.

And I rather love it!

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So while you wouldn't necessarily go about purchasing packs and packs of Designer Series Paper in order to recreate such a card, it's the ideal design to use up scraps of any paper you have left over from other designs you might have made. Or you may be like me and have entire packs of paper lying around because it's pretty and the need to own pretty paper is something that you've been afflicted with since childhood. Or something...

What unexpected colour combinations are you making in your Christmas cards this year?

PS. I'm very aware that it's five months since I last posted and am studiously avoiding paying a great deal of attention to this fact, mostly because if I started every long overdue blog post with "So, it's been a while since I last popped in...", then I would starting every blog post like that and I imagine it would get very tedious. For everyone. So while it's a significant time in between blog posts around these parts, I pop up much more frequently on my Facebook and Instagram pages. Be sure to join me there!

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Christmas in July - come and get festive with me!

There are gifts aplenty available this month for new demonstrators who take up the demonstrator opportunity!

Not only can you create your own Starter Kit with products of your choosing up to $235 (for the cost of just $169), but until July 31st, you will receive a bonus Essentials Gift Pack** valued at an additional $86...

** also included but not pictured - two D Blocks (clear stamping blocks)

If that's not exciting (and enticing..?) enough, new demonstrators jumping on this opportunity will also receive the Carols of Christmas stamp set for FREE!

Not familiar with Carols of Christmas...?

That stands to reason, as it hasn't been released yet! It's coming up in the Holiday Catalogue due for release in September, but available as a pre-release stamp set in August to customers, and as a FREE bonus for new demonstrators signing up in July!

Check it out...

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Carols of Christmas stamp set

If you've ever thought about trying out the demonstrator opportunity for yourself, now is the perfect time to jump in! It's a great opportunity at the best of times, with perks galore, and so many amazing benefits, but right now there is so much more to gain and absolutely nothing to lose.

Questions? Get in touch and I'll be happy to chat!*

Concerns? Ask me anything and I'll do my best to set your mind at ease!**

Ready to jump in and start what may just be the ride of your life like it has been for me...?***

* I am happy to chat depending on the WiFi available at the various places I'll be staying on the two week holiday I'm taking that starts tomorrow morning!!
** I will put your mind at ease while my own mind is at ease taking in a massage or a cheeky cocktail by the pool *grin*
*** The ride of my life takes a trip to Singapore and Phuket starting tomorrow, the Phuket portion of which is directly related to my experience as a demonstrator, as it's the Incentive Trip that I earned last year #squeeeeee

Welcome July, and BONUS DAYS!

Happy July to you! Winter has well and truly arrived in my little corner of the world today, only a month since it officially started, but with the temperature barely making it to double figures today, it has surely made its presence felt!

Some of you might remember the Bonus Days promotion from last year and many of you took part. Due to the wild success and popularity of the promotion, it's back again, so you have a brand new chance to earn August coupons with your July purchases!

With the brand new catalogue for 2017-2018 having been released just a month ago, it's the perfect time to grab some items from your new catalogue wishlist, then grab some more for FREE with your earned coupons next month.

How to take part...?

Simply place an order in my online store, and every $90 in your order total (before shipping) will qualify you for a $9 coupon to put towards purchases next month. There is no limit to the number of vouchers you can earn during the promotion, and the only requirement on your part is that you have an email address (this is how your vouchers are delivered!)

Even better...

If your order total is over $100, you will also qualify for my Stampin' Spoils gift for July, and if you hit $250 or more, then Stampin' Rewards are also yours for the taking!

Best of all...

If your wishlist is extreme (and let's face it, there is a LOT to love in this new catalogue!), then you're going to want to keep an eye out for my next post, coming up after this one, because there's a whole lot of reasons to take a closer look at the demonstrator opportunity this month too.

Stay tuned!

Blogging Bonanza Day Seven and a half (a wrap up) - Watercolor Wings

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Here we are at the final Blogging Bonanza post and the final few hours of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue of 2016-2017 and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. I think I have posted more to my blog in the past seven days than I have in the entire past year, which sounds very dramatic and rather an exaggeration, but if I had the energy to check, I fear that it would not be far off the mark.

More about that later, but for now, a card featuring Watercolor Wings, which mercifully is carrying over into the new catalogue. Sadly, the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaron cardstock have both completely sold out, but this card is very reproducible in different colours and/or DSP patterns, so all is not lost! 

The trusty watercolour wash in the background of my main decorative element #predictable

A delicate vellum butterfly adds interest and dimension and softens the colouring of the butterfly in the background

So at the end of the most intensive week of my blogging life to date, what have I learned about blogging and whether or not I want to do it as an ongoing venture? Quite a lot, actually.

I have learned that although it takes time, it is not the all consuming, mammoth task that it sometimes feels like in my head. Mostly.

I have learned that I quite like format of sharing here, in conjunction with other formats like social media, as it affords me extra space for more detail and waffling.

I have learned that I don't mind the occasional waffle #newsflash

I have learned that I like the option to schedule some posts in advance and to publish some on the fly, and that that's ok, because it doesn't have to be an all or nothing, rigid process #phew

I have learned that there is an app for my blog platform and that I can get some of the content of my posts done in the regular five minutes windows that I have between school runs, extracurricular drop offs and pick ups, dinner preparation and in appointment waiting rooms #technology

So with less even less hours now until the end of the catalogue year (and the start of the new one!), I'm off to finalise my host code (you have a sniff of time to add your order to it if you're quick!), before I prioritise and re-prioritise my wishlist for the start of ordering out of the sparkly new catalogue tomorrow...

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Blogging Bonanza day Seven - Special Reason

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Welcome to the seventh and final day of my blogging bonanza! This is the first of what I hope will be two posts today, appointments, childrens' sport training committments  and new catalogue preparations notwithstanding...

The Special Reason bundle is one that kind of snuck up on me after it was introduced in the Occasions Catalogue in January. It was one of those bundles that I thought I could manage without, but then the internet happened, as it tends to do, and this bundle kept popping up in amazingly beautiful projects all over the place.

So I did what any self respecting and entirely lacking in restraint stamper would do and caved. 

The detail in the Stylish Stems Framelits is quite astonishing and looks beautiful layered with graduating tones of similar colours

A simple greeting and a tiny embellishment keep the flowers as the focus and finish off the card nicely

The Writing Notes background is another favourite stamp, adding a fun but not overpowering background to a simple white piece of cardstock.

The Special Reason bundle and Writing Notes are both on the list to retire later today, so I loved being able to combine them here for a bit of a last hurrah.

Now for a bit of a fun contest, the prize for which will be my undying love and gratitude. This contest is called...

"Name That Stamp Set"

*cue game show music and a host with an impossibly white toothy grin*

In a rather embarrassing turn of events, I cannot for the life of me figure out what stamp set I used for the little "hello you" greeting at the bottom of this card... *blush* I have scoured all of my stamp sets - retiring, carrying over and upcoming - and have not been able to identify where I got these stamps from. A hazy memory is that it was a photopolymer set but that is the extent of my knowledge.

There's a decent chance that the very second I hit publish on this post, it will come to me in a blinding flash of "I can't believe I missed that", but in the meantime, have a bit of fun and see if you can't figure out what it is, 'cause for the moment, I am at a complete loss.

If you need Special Reason or Writing Notes in your life, you know what to do, just make sure you do it in the next few hours or so...

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Blogging Bonanza Day Six and a half - Crazy About You

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I'm running out of time to get all my posts featuring retiring products up on my blog, so it's time to start doubling down! Earlier today, I shared the card I sent to my gorgeous friend SJ, and I really hope she's received the package it came in by now, because the package also contained this card, so that's potentially two surprises I'm ruining in one day...

Early last month, we had an OnStage local event for Stampin' Up! demonstrators here in Perth, and having moved with her family to Melbourne mid last year as I mentioned previously, it was great to have SJ back on 'home turf' to share the event with us. Not only did she come to the event, she also did a brilliant stamping presentation, holding her poise admirably as the rest of us got misty eyed when she introduced herself and talked briefly about her recent relocation.

Despite her concerns about having done 'enough' for her presentation, in true SJ style, she ran out of time to finish sharing the incredible array of projects she had created using one of the new, upcoming stamp sets (#overachiever), and those of you fellow demonstrators in attendance will be able to attest to the amazing abundance and quality of her display. 

This is the card I sent to to let her know just how amazing I think she was (and is!)

A watercolour wash (just for something different!), with a touch of gold foil and an enamel shape to add some bling

Lots of lovely {pink!} layers, achieved by stamping the same flower image four separate times in Blushing Bride, then cutting out around the graduating white borders and stacking them on top of each other

The Crazy About You stamp set and co-ordinating Hello You Thinlit dies used on this card are more items on the retiring hit list. You can get them, and all the other retiring items from my online store, but only for just over another 24 hours from now...

Run! 

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Blogging Bonanza Day Six - Party with Cake

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Anyone who knows my stampin' journey would know that I have shared much of it with a fellow Sarah. In fact a fellow Sarah Jane. Make that a fellow Sarah Jane K...

At any number of events over the past nine or so years, we've been a Sarah double act, and it's just another example of how I will be forever grateful to this company for the myriad non-stampin' things it has brought to my life.

Like this girl...

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 ...and her handsome man, who is great mates with my own, and her two sweet girls, who get along like a house on fire with my two.

The only fly in the stampin' ointment of this particular story is that early last year, her handsome man was presented a career opportunity too good to pass up, which involved the family uprooting and moving across the country with barely a few months notice. And if you live in the same country as I do, or know anything at all about it, you'll know that there's a good many miles between Perth and Melbourne, and that lazy day-long tea and stampin' dates were to become a thing of our collective past.

So our new normal is messaging on various mediums (whilst being mindful of the time difference!) and picking up right where we left off whenever we do get a chance to see each other in living colour.

And sending cards like this one!

It was SJ's birthday last month, and given that I am terrible at punctual provision of birthday cards at the best of times, the newly introduced geographical challenges mean that birthday (and other greetings!) provide additional surprise value by arriving at seemingly random and entirely irrelevant times.

Like today!

According to the occasionally trusty source that is Australia Post tracking, I believe that the eagle has landed as of a few hours ago, but depending on the movements of a busy Melbourne mum, it may or not have actually been seen yet, in which case, SJ, if you're reading this before seeing the card in real life, sorry, and SURPRISE!

Anyone that knows SJ would also know that pink is her thing, so pink stamping, watercolour washing and DSP patterns are the order of the day

...and pink card stock, and hearts...

...and a touch of sparkle. SJ also loves her bling!

Party with Cake is such a gorgeous stamp set, with loads of great greetings to celebrate the one occasion that we all have in common at some point in the year. And it's around for only another day and half (discounted and all!) as it retiring with the current Annual Catalogue tomorrow evening.

The blogging bonanza continues tomorrow (or later today if I can gather myself in time!) with a couple more posts featuring more much loved retiring stuff.... Hope to see you back here then!

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Blogging Bonanza Day 5 - Flower Fair

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I'm a bit later with today's edition of the Blogging Bonanza, but I'm here now, so let's get this (garden)
party started...!

I loved the Flower Patch stamp set and co-ordinating Framelits on sight when they showed up in the Annual Catalogue a couple of years ago, and can hardly stand to see them making their way out of the current range as they retire with the outgoing catalogue in *sniff* two days from now.

The great news is that they're both still currently in stock and are also both significantly discounted, so it's the perfect (and final!) time to invest in some bold and beautiful florals for yourself.

I created this card for a dear friend and team member of mine who was asked to do a business presentation at the Stampin' Up! OnStage local event last month. She jumped at the opportunity and delivered a cracking and professional presentation in front of no less than 170-ish excitable fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I was so proud of her and so loved seeing her rock the stage.

I'm all about the watercolour wash background at the moment, as are a good percentage of fellow crafters, so I've noticed (#ontrend), so there's a Pool Party wash forming the background of this card. From there, I combined some of my favourite bold colours for the floral arrangement.

I'm of the opinion that lots of layering and dimension add an extra little somethin' somethin' to a card, so there's a WHOLE LOT of somethin' going on with this one... #layersgalore

A white embossed greeting on dark cardstock is a great way to add punch, and some softness is achieved with a layer of lace trim poking out from underneath

As well as taking advantage of excellent retiring special and an upcoming new catalogue (THREE MORE SLEEPS!), now is also a great time to consider taking advantage of the demonstrator opportunity for a large array of reasons.

  • You get to hang out, both virtually and in real life with the most kind, inspiring, generous and talented group of gals that make up my stampin' team
  • You have access to the demonstrator only events, held twice per year (in April and November) where you can gather with fellow like-minded craft lovin' types
  • You can call on the vast array of inspiration and support provided by this most generous and giving company
  • You have the opportunity to get discount on your own stampin' supplies as well as being able to earn an income should you decide to head down the business building route as a demonstrator

There are myriad other reasons to consider the demonstrator opportunity for yourself, mostly because for minimal outlay, you can test drive being a demonstrator, with no penalties and nothing to pay back if you decide for any reason that it's not for you.

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Feel free to get in touch if you think you'd like to check it our or have any further queries, I'd love to chat with you to discover how this wonderful opportunity could fit into your life and family.

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Blogging Bonanza Day Four - Banners for You

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Thanks for joining me on day four of my blogging bonanza! A couple of days ago, I shared a card that used a tiny sliver of this gorgeous, Bermuda Bay sunburst patterned DSP from the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper stack. Today, I'm covering the whole card in it! I do love me some sunburst...

A couple of months back, a friend of mine asked for some advice regarding a job she was applying for at a school. I had successfully applied for my current job in a school library a couple of years back, and she so desperately wanted this one she was applying for, she was looking for anything that might give her the edge. I recall being told in my interview that my resume stood out - I had a big splash of colour (Crisp Canteloupe!) down one side and a circular photograph of my face - so that was the only information that I passed on to my friend. Well, she got the job (and some great feedback about including her photograph on her resume!) so I sent her this little bit of congrats in the post.

I love the grungy, roughed up look of the DSP design and the contrast with the crisp, bright flowers. You can also see the merest touch of Crumb Cake that I watercoloured onto the banner in this close up...

Same but different on the other side. The banner image has a great co-ordinating Framelit, however the flowers and leaves were an excellent exercise in fussy cutting!

Thankfully, Banners for You and its co-ordinating set of Framelits are sticking around beyond the end of this month and into the new catalogue year (FOUR MORE SLEEPS!), however, they will be carrying over as individual products, not the current bundle format that includes a 10% discount. Sadly, the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP isn't carrying over at all, so if you're interested in some grungy, Bermuda Bay sunburst pattern (and myriad others!) or a discounted, co-ordinated and super versatile stamp set and Framelits bundle in your life, now is the time to do something about it...

Thanks for sharing a bit of your Sunday morning with me!

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Blogging Bonanza Day 3 - Beautiful You...

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Beautiful You. Such an apt name for this stamp set and the recipient of this card that I created with it. A dear friend of mine turned 40 last month and we celebrated with high tea at a revolving restaurant on the 33rd floor of a city building with views across Perth.

And I celebrated her with this card :-)

The image is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink onto a large-ish piece of Watercolour Paper, then coloured with Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter. I love how the soft colouring sort of fades into the background, it's one of my favourite effects when colouring on watercolour paper...

The entire base of the card is covered in the beautiful water image paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

More Designer Series Paper is featured in the image of the girl, paper pieced from a bit of Serene Scenery for her hat and Fruit Stand for her summery, polka dot dress. I added some shading and hopeful realism with Watercolour Pencils

A lovely little cluster for the birthday greeting is made up of some white embossing, a sliver of Linen Thread, a dash of doily and an enamel heart shape from the Subtles collection

It's a great time to grab any (or all!) of the Designer Series Papers (DSP) that I've used here. DSP never carries over, which is sad in one way, like when you have a special place in your heart for a particular design. Can you tell I'm speaking from (ten years of!) experience with these things..?! But it also makes way for brand new and gorgeous designs to take their place, so the hurt doesn't last for TOO very long.

Much...

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Blogging bonanza day 2 - Butterfly love...

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Welcome to day two of my all or nothing blogging bonanza!

Today's card combines some products that will be carrying over to the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, along with some retiring favourites.

Butterfly Basics is one of those stamp sets that offers so much in the way of creative possibilities and I'm very glad that this one is sticking around for another catalogue year. It lends itself beautifully to a collage style of stamping, which is what I had a go at with this card, using a combination of tone on tone, watermark stamping and some layered colour to produce the muted background and leave the butterfly as the 'hero' of the card.

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was trying to use more sentiment stamps that would not find their way onto a great many cards due to their not being sentiments with a large scope for regular use. Here's another lovely, but little used sentiment that fits that bill and was perfect for the special someone that I sent it to.

The butterfly is cut out of watercolour paper that was roughly and randomly coloured with ink and an Aquapainter, and the colour is repeated in the little strip of Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper down the side

To highlight particular words in the sentiment stamps, I used a different, coordinating colour on a separate piece of cardstock, sponged and stuck them over the original stamp

TIny touches of texture - some Burlap Ribbon and Linen Thread add some monochromatic texture to a bare spot

"There's nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly" - I love this saying. How would you interpret it and who would you send it to?

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