So sweet! Family & Friends stamp set

The Family & Friends stamp set was on my must have list as soon as I saw it in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. It reminds me of a similar set that was available over ten years ago when I first started as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Does anybody else remember All in the Family?

I’ve just been revisiting blog posts from 11 years ago (11 years!) where I used that set a LOT and it’s safe to say that my stamping (and my photography and my own little family!) has come a long way… What a nice way to reminisce and chart progress :-)

As for Family & Friends, it’s a whole lot of cute people parts that allows you to create characters from the assortment of hairstyles and body shapes. Think Bitmoji for stamps, but with mildly fewer personalisation options…

 
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I made this card for my handsome man, not for Valentine’s Day (I mentioned recently that Valentine’s Day is not really my thing…) but just because I wanted him to know how much I appreciate him.

He’s been the chief cook and bottle washer (and driver and general everything) around here for the past several weeks since I had shoulder surgery. It’s been a tough few weeks for me being stuck in a sling and only having the option of one arm, but it’s been almost as hard for those around me who’ve had to take on all the things that I am physically unable to. He’s pretty great at the best of times, but these past weeks have been next level and I couldn’t be more appreciative.

 
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The background is simply sponged with Daffodil Delight Ink and a Sponge Dauber, while the little Tim and Sarah people are coloured with Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut with Paper Snips.

I am super thankful that it’s not my stamping arm in a sling, or I would be even more stir-crazy than I am currently, and that colouring and fussy cutting (or card making at all!) would not be an option. It’s slow going with lots of breaks, but at least I can stamp!

Who are you currently most grateful for? I’d love it if you sent them a card to let them know, then let me know that you did.

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Simple stamping love!

One of the best takeaways from the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event that I attended in Melbourne in November just past (aside, of course, from the swag of Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration freebies #demoperk), was the simple stamping message.

Having been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 12 years and a crafter for longer, I sometimes place undue pressure on myself to produce a masterpiece in every stampin’ session. Since I don’t have the luxury to create in the same chunks of time I’ve had in the past, this can (and has!) resulted in much less stampin’ output and the accompanying frustration!

As with many things, simple is often best, and this can also be the case for stamping. Not that I’m averse to adding all the bells and whistles to a card when the occasion calls for it and I have the time and inclination, but allowing myself to create simply and without the pressure is something I need to be more intentional about.

Thankfully, Stampin’ Up! is leading the charge and encouraging us to spread the #simplestamping joy! A couple of days ago on the Demonstrator Website, a challenge was posted with the following guidelines:

  • Theme: Valentine's Day

  • Supplies: Stamps, ink and paper

  • Bonus Material/Tool: You may use a punch

I tend not to buy into the Valentine’s Day thing in a big way but was happy to go along with it for the sake of the challenge, albeit bypassing the word ‘valentine’ and sticking with the old favorite ‘love you’.

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This was whipped up in a matter of moments and I am encouraged by how simple but effective it can be to stamp simply.

Will you take the challenge?!

I’d love to see some simply stamped creations, valentines or otherwise! Head over to my Facebook Page and share yours!

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All new cling stamps!

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If you’ve used Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber clear mount stamps for a while, chances are you’ve been frustrated from time to time about the lack of stick-ability of the stamp to the clear blocks. I have been known to add a dab of adhesive to the backs of my rubber images, or to bypass the image label altogether in an attempt to ensure that the stamps stays stuck to the block for the entire time I need it to.

Nothing worse than having a partly or completely inked stamp drop into the middle of a partly or completely finished project, right?!

In the way that they so often do, Stampin’ Up! has heard the pleas for help and developed a solution, tested it thoroughly in one of its smaller markets, and released it to us all with the arrival of the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration promotion!

As with anything new, it’s important to take note of the differences between these and the “clear mount” stamps, as labelling cling stamps is a slightly different process than you may be used to. It is important to follow the steps below to assemble cling stamps. Each cling stamp case will also include labelling instructions.

Note: Once you place the label on the stamp, it is adhered permanently. Attempting to remove or adjust the label will damage the foam of the stamp.

  • Remove the paper backing from the label.

  • Remove your selected stamp from the rubber sheet and remove the paper backing from the stamp.

  • Line up the foam side of the stamp with the image label, then press it evenly to adhere it to the label. Make sure it is correctly positioned before you adhere it to the stamp.

  • Remove the stamp and its newly-affixed image label from the label sheet.

  • Place the stamp on an acrylic block to begin stamping.

Best Practices

To remove the stamp from the block, grasp securely near the image label and remove slowly. (Cling stamps stick so well that if they are not carefully removed from the block, the foam can tear.) To clean the labels, simply rinse under running water. Avoid alcohol-based cleaners.

More of a visual person..? How about some assistance of the video variety?

I already have several sets of cling stamps and love how well they stick to the blocks! I predict that you’re going to love working with them too.

Currently, there is a small selection of stamp sets available in the new cling style, however they will be phased in to replace clear mount stamps with the release of the next Annual Catalogue later this year.

Hooray!

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Occasions Catalogue 2019

Just in time to take advantage of all of the amazing Sale-a-bration benefits, the 2019 Occasions Catalogue has arrived with a huge range of new and exciting products.

If you have shopped with me in the past year, a real life copy of the catalogue (along with the Sale-a-bration catalogue) will be on the way to you shortly. In the meantime, you can download and browse a digital copy by clicking on the image below.

Love the project ideas in the catalogue?

Check out the Occasions Catalogue Sample Supply List to see which products were used for each sample and recreate your favourites at home!

Need inspiration?

Check out this array of videos produced by Stampin’ Up! to guide you through some of the amazing new products!

Ready to shop?

Browse the different product categories of the new Occasions Catalogue in my online store and shop from the comfort of home (and couch and pyjamas) whenever you like :-)

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Sale-a-bration 2019 - so many ways to celebrate!

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Sale-a-bration 2019 has arrived and it brings with a whole bunch of reasons for celebration. You can take part in several ways, each as rewarding (or more so) than the last!

Check out the Sale-a-bration catalogue below, then scroll down for the different ways to get involved!

Love the catalogue projects? Download the sample supply list so you can recreate your favourites!


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Spend $90 (before shipping and handling), choose a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration brochure! There’s no limit—for every $90 you spend, choose another FREE product! Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $180 (before shipping and handling). Just look for the $90 and $180 reward icons throughout the brochure


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Get even more for free! When you host a qualifying party during Sale-A-Bration, you get $40 more in free products! You can even put that money toward the cost of your own Starter Kit to become a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator.

 
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Starting 3 January, new recruits who join Stampin’ Up! as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration can choose from two offers. These offers are IN ADDITION to the regular Starter Kit offering.

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There’s so much to love about Sale-a-bration, from new and exclusive products, bonus rewards and an AMAZING signing up offer like we’ve never seen before!

It all kicks off TODAY, so get amongst it in whichever way takes your fancy!

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24 hour sale!

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On October 23rd (ie. tomorrow), for 24 hours only, Stampin' Up! is taking 15% off a select range of stamp sets. The beauty of being in the west at times like these is that we don't have to stay up until ridiculous o'clock to start taking advantage of sales the start at midnight on the east coast!

And an extra hooray for daylight savings!

Part of the fun for me at this stage is working off my relatively tiny phone screen to post this. Our internet has chosen a decidedly inconvenient time to crash and burn and the wait time to speak to someone at our ISP is an hour. I'm hoping that the formatting of this post is way better at your end than it currently looks at mine….!

Check out the list of stamp sets on sale to see if any of your wishlist coincides with the sale list, then head to my online store in a couple of hours to snaffle them while you can!

I'll come back and post a direct link to the sale section of my store when it's live too :-)

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Beautiful (and stylish) birthday

Today it’s my work Head of Department’s birthday. I made her a card over the past several days, snatching moments in between work, family and life, so it’s been a work in progress for the best part of a week. Thankfully, my craft nook is just off my kitchen, so my crafting opportunities are literally found in between stirring pots of something on the stove or trying not to forget that I have toast in the grill.

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I was determined to blow some dust off some stamp sets that I haven’t used in a while, and Beautiful You was where I landed. My manager is always beautifully put together and looks lovely, so this background image and greeting were the perfect pick. I will admit though, that I have never seen her in a hat. Perhaps Melbourne Cup day a couple of weeks away will be the day for that *grin*

Some snippets of Share What You Love Designer Series Paper and a little length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon add a touch of extra colour and texture behind the sentiment.

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What stamp set shall I use next? Suggestions welcome, I have quite a collection that need some love.

Have a lovely day!

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Just Add Ink #430 - Pretty Floral Buffaloes

It’s a while since I stamped without a specific need for a card or end purpose in mind, so when I found myself with some time to spare and a strong inclination to wander into my craft room this afternoon, I was sadly lacking in inspiration and without a clue where to begin.

Thankfully, challenge blogs abound and a quick search led me to the Just Add Ink blog and their current inspiration challenge.

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The soft, pretty florals combined with the natural twine were exactly the poke of inspiration that I needed, and along with some new stamps from the Holiday Catalogue that had yet to see much in the way of ink, I was on my way.

Here is where I landed…

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The background is a result of some experimentation I have been doing recently with my current favourite stamp, a small array of markers and a ruler. I added a layer of vellum to tone down the pattern a bit, so that the main decorative element didn’t get lost among the plaid.

A piece of watercolor paper ‘smooshed’ with Coastal Cabana, some stamped and die-cut First Frost images and the promised Linen Thread, and I was done in surprisingly less time than I expected.

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I was really happy with how it turned out, and may even venture back in to make another, or at least clean up the mess I made with this one.

Thanks for popping by today, hope you have a lovely week!

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Colour Your Season - Exclusive products for August!

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August is shaping up to be quite the exciting month, with Bonus Days riding again, plus this brand new, exclusive to August bundle of coordinating loveliness!

Get ready to colour YOUR season (or all four of them!) with these beautiful new products!

Products details

  • Blended Seasons Stamp Set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season
  • Stitched Season Framelits Dies, a coordinating stitched die that includes stitching on both the positive and negative images
  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colours. Note: These Watercolor Pencils may be available in a future publication.
  • Please note: The bundle includes the stamp set and dies only. It does not include the Watercolor Pencils.
Download the flyer with images and details of all products in the promotion

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Be inspired

There really is something for every season in this bundle, as evidence by the stunning samples from Stampin' Up! below.

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Ready for more? Check out Stampin' Up!'s Colour Your Season Pinterest board!

Love it already...? Be quick, these exclusive August products are only available until the end of the month while stocks last!

Remember - every $90 in your order total qualifies you for a $9 Bonus Days coupon to spend next month, so be sure to have your nine times tables at hand to make sure that your order total is going to give you the best bang for your September buck!

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Bonus Days are back!

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If you've been around for a little while, you might recall the fun of Bonus Days. They are on again, and taking part is as simple as spending in August to save in September.

Earn a $9 bonus coupon for every $90 in your order total during August, then when September rolls around (bringing with it the shiny new Holiday Catalogue...!) you can apply your discount codes to your order and save!

Questions?

Here are some answers...

If you have further questions, make sure to get in touch, or if you're ready to start earning your coupons, away you go!

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Designer Series Paper sale - Buy 3, get 1 FREE

Until the end of July (that is, for another 2.2 days), choose three packs of Designer Series Paper and get one pack FREE! With all new designs (as well as a favourite carryover pack!) in the recently released 2018-19 Annual Catalogue, there are loads of delightful options.

One of my recently acquired packs - Garden Impressions 6x6 DSP - was busted open with gusto recently, and with inspiration provided by these gorgeous cards by Jessica Williams at The Paper Caper, I created these same but different card designs

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The one at the top left was the first design, and I think it's still my favourite out of all of them. Here's a bit of a closer look. How perfectly do all of these patterns lend themselves to the 'same but different' design?

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You might notice the addition of coloured pearls and rhinestones and wonder how you missed these in the catalogue. The good news is that you didn't, they are the Pearl Basic Jewels and Rhinestone Basic Jewels coloured with Stampin' Blends.

How clever is that?

I can't take credit for the idea (but I also can't give credit for it, as I can't recall where I first saw it done...) Perhaps it's just a known fact that alcohol markers can change the colour of your embellishments and ribbons, let's go with that *grin*

With this offer only valid until the end of July, be quick with your paper selections so you don't miss out!

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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!

Join the Party Panda conversation! Click the button below to add your comment or to ask a question...

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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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