A special Oh So Eclectic birthday card!

There comes a point towards the end of every catalogue year where I look at the photos in my ‘to blog’ folder in fear that I have more cards to share than blogging days left before the outgoing catalogue retires and the new one is released.

Welcome to that time in the life of the 2018-2019 catalogue!

Today’s card was for a milestone birthday of a colleague last month, and as her birthday buddy in our work team, it was my job to put on a morning tea, give her a gift and have everyone in the team sign the card. I employed a number of my favourite techniques for this one, as well as one of my favourite (sadly retiring) product combinations, the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits.

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You may be able to detect the merest hint of a watercolour wash in the background, and the solid flowers behind the more delicate die cut ones are also watercoloured to provide a graduation of coordinating colour.

Some splattery gold embossing adds some shine and stamped off numbers from the Make a Difference stamp set allude to the occasion.

A bit of dry embossing using the leaf die from the Thinlit set adds further background texture, and some striped washi tape is just the contrast I felt was needed. (Confession time: I have no idea where the striped washi tape came from! I "think* it might be from an old Project Life Accessory Kit that I had floating around, but for current, albeit soon to be retired Black and White washi, check out the Pick a Pattern pack :-))

Add in a greeting from the gorgeous (and thankfully carrying over!) Well Said bundle, and I was very happy with where this card landed. I’m pleased to report that the birthday girl loved it too.

Here’s a closer look at some of the detail (click for larger images)…

I also incorporated some of the same items that I used to make the card into some cupcake toppers for morning tea, and made a HUGE cardstock flower to brighten up the gift bag. Please excuse the hurriedly snapped phone photos and school staff room background…!

 
 

The colour inspiration came from the scarf that I bought as the gift - a gorgeous Anna Chandler design featuring rich reds and pinks with black and white contrasts and touches of gold. I love using gifts as inspiration for the cards that go with them, do you do that too?

The Last Chance List rolls on, taking with it SO many gorgeous products that won’t be available when the new catalogue starts on June 4th! Make sure you get everything you love before it’s gone!

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Dear Doily and the final Sale-a-bration hurrah!

It’s the final day of Sale-a-bration and the final card that I’m sharing from my recent play session with the Dear Doily bundle

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I’m a huge fan of stamping in white ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, particularly with intricate and finely carved images like the ones in the Dear Doily Stamp set. That’s exactly where I started with this card, not knowing where I would end, but knowing that the White/Crumb Cake combo was the look I was going for.

As it turns out, I decided that adding anything too fussy would detract from the stamped background. A simply stamped greeting on my current favourite colour (I’m looking at you, Petal Pink!) plus some neutral embellishments (hello, Linen Thread and the FINAL DAY of Butterfly Elements!), plus a sweet little die cut doily, and I was happy to call it done.

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Do you have a current favourite colour combo? Does it stay fairly constant, or does it change frequently? Crumb Cake is always fairly constant for me, but my love for Petal Pink, I will admit, took me by surprise a bit! Maybe it’s because it’s like a watered down version of Calypso Coral, which has always been high on my list *grin*

Please make sure you don’t miss out on any of your Sale-a-bration or Sale-a-bration co-ordination loves! It’s the final hours and regret is a terrible thing! Perhaps head over to my online store to make sure you have everything you need before the bonuses are finished!

PS. In setting up the product list below to show you all the products that went into this project, I discovered to my abject horror and extensive embarrassment that I used a retired circle punch! The 1-3/8” Circle Punch has been a staple of my stamping arsenal since the very first order that I placed almost 13 years ago, but clearly I’m going to need to find a new staple (and start paying more attention!) #trustmeimaprofessional

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Butterfly Beauty engagement card

We are in the final days of Sale-a-bration, and as is often the case in the final days of anything to do with Stampin’ Up!, I have yet to share some of my favourite cards made with some of my favourite Sale-a-bration stuff!

First up, a card that I made for some lovely family friends who announced their engagement last year. We caught up with them for lunch during the summer holidays in January and this is the celebratory card I made.

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Such a simple card really, using just a few items and not a single stamp set, but I just love the fresh combination of colours, and a watercolour wash with some splattery silver embossing is always a winner as far as I’m concerned.

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The final days of Sale-a-bration also means the finals days of snagging the delightful Butterfly Elements for zero dollary-doos when you place a $90 order. Or indeed any of the other exclusive Sale-a-bration bonuses - FREE with either a $90 or $180 order.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another of the proceeds of my recent play with the Dear Doily, so be sure to pop back then!

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Delightful Dear Doily!

I got the Dear Doily bundle a couple of weeks ago, and with a weekend free of anything requiring my attention last week, I got to playing!

I love these fresh bright colours combined, and the white embossed greeting on the black cardstock strip is the perfect contrast.

A couple of additional layers underneath the greeting allow for some coordinating Bermuda Bay cardstock, Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper and a strip of the pretty lacey die from the Doily Builder Thinlits Dies, as well as some Whisper White twine for texture.

I wanted some coloured gems to coordinate too, but with nothing but Rhinestone Basic Jewels to call on, I coloured my own with the Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend.

Did you know you could use Stampin’ Blends to colour your embellishments..? Now you do!

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Want to see a simplified version of this card, using the same stamp set and a similar layout but requiring fewer products, less time and much less effort? I’ll be sending it out this week as my Weekly Wednesday Inbox Inspiration card!

Every Wednesday, I send out an email to my subscribers, containing a simply stamped card that I don’t share anywhere else!

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Puppy spam and a thank you card

At the beginning of December last year, we rejoined the ranks of dog owners after a three and a half year hiatus. Since we lost our last dog - an adopted Ridgeback X - at the ripe old age of 15, our youngest daughter has been the loudest voice in wanting to add another furry family member.

After a long search for the perfect addition to Team Klass, we finally found him in November and officially made him ours on December 1st.

Meet Bruno…

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The above photo was taken within a day of bringing him home, and needless to say the love was instant and mutual.

This next one was just last week - taken by my nephew.

Bruno is a Cavoodle, black as night, so much so that it can be difficult at times to tell one end of him from the other. He is super smart, an absolute delight and is SO loved.

We adopted him as a 12 week old from a local lady who also loved him but need to rehome him for reasons of her own. Having been shortlisted for similar adoptions in the past, we were cautiously smitten from the moment we met him and beyond delighted when she chose us as his new family!

This is the card that I made for her as a thank you for choosing us and for being so accommodating in the transfer of Bruno from her family to ours ❤️

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We have been having lots of fun with Bruno, introducing him to the neighbourhood dogs in the park, teaching him manners at puppy school and practising tricks that my daughter finds on YouTube ☺️

Let’s talk puppies! What kind do you have??

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Smooshed butterfly beauty

We had a houseful of people over at our house on Saturday. Not that it takes much to fill our house, little old lady that she is. It was Australia Day, and as we have done in years past, we teamed up with our across the road neighbours and set up a massive slip’n’slide on the 50 metre long hill in ‘our’ park.

Once the sliding was done and the BBQ sausages were finished, as is often the way, my sister-in-law and her family remained for an impromptu takeaway pizza dinner and while the cousins gathered for a movie, she and I snuck off to my craft room.

Janny wanted to play with some ideas and learn how to create gorgeous watercolour backgrounds that are all the rage at the moment, so we did! She decided on the colour combination (Pool Party and Highland Heather for those of you playing along at home), and once the smooshed background was done, we played with different ideas and came up with this…

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We added some silver splatters by mixing Multipurpose Liquid Glue with water, picking up the mixture with an Aquapainter and flicking it at the paper before sprinkling Silver Embossing Powder and melting it with a Heat Tool. It’s one of my favourite ways to add a little something to a card without overpowering anything else. Here’s a card I made last year using the same technique in gold.

A Vellum Stitched Rectangle provided a base for the Butterfly Element, and with a bit more silver in the form of Mini Sequin Trim and a swoosh of Highland Heather ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack, we were happy with the result of our combined effort!

The Butterfly Elements and Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack are both items that you can earn for FREE with a $90 order (or earn them both when you spend $180!) Don’t forget that the ribbons are super popular and running low on inventory, so make sure to claim yours before they run out!

We had so much fun playing around with ideas and working together without having a single plan or idea of where we would end up. I was texting Janny yesterday morning, because at the end of Saturday, we still had all the elements just sat together without actually being stuck down, so I had to send her a picture of the end result, plus ask her whether she preferred a base card of Pool Party or Highland Heather…

I loved her reply text:

I had fun playing in your craft room! Simple and sweet and a bit of fun with technique. I really want to dedicate more time to getting my craft on!

Those are certainly words that I can relate to, you…?!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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! 

Stampin' Supplies

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*Please note that there are some retiring products listed that may have already sold out and also that discounted prices are not shown here, so click through for a fun surprise on many of the retiring products*

Blogging Bonanza Day Six - Party with Cake

Stampin' Up! Party with Cake | www.sarahklass.com

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...

SJK + SJK

SJK + SJK

 ...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!

Stampin' Supplies

Please click on images in the product gallery below for detailed product information and shop online convenience!

*Please note that there are some retiring products listed that may have already sold out and also that discounted prices are not shown here, so click through for a fun surprise on many of the retiring products*