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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.
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.
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!
Also happening now…
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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…
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.
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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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…
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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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…
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.
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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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’.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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*
What stamp set shall I use next? Suggestions welcome, I have quite a collection that need some love.
Have a lovely day!
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!
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!
I had reason to need a thank you card this week, and going by the assumption that my eldest daughter's netball team's umpire doesn't read my blog (or likely even know my last name!) I feel safe to share it here before we give it to her on the weekend.
My girls are playing their last game of netball for the season this coming Saturday. I was always a netballer at school (and again recently), but this is the first season my girls have played, as they went down the dancing/acrobatics route instead. They've loved playing, once they figured out which positions were allowed in which thirds and managed to master the pivot. If there's one thing that is really evident to me about junior sport, having witnessed it first hand for the past several months, it's that much is owed to the small group of very committed people who show up rain or shine (or rain, or thunderous storminess or rain - it was a wet season, can you tell?) every weekend and do what needs to be done, whether that's to grab a whistle and run the sidelines, serve post match chips in the canteen or teach the skills of the game.
So as well as being for our umpire, this thanks is also for all of those who spend time in the sometimes wet and muddy but rewarding trenches of junior sport - I salute you.
I have loved the Endless Thanks stamp set since I first saw it in the previous Annual Catalogue, and like many of the sets in my collection, it hasn't seen nearly as much ink as I would like it to have. Neither has the Writing Notes stamp in the background #virgininking but I digress...
A quick Google search presented me with myriad options for use, but I couldn't go past this one and CASEd it almost to the letter. Often, I will use a card idea that I see as a starting point and end up somewhere else altogether, but this one was perfect in its perfection, so I hardly altered a detail.
When looking up the details of who to credit for its creation, I discovered that it was pinned to one of Stampin' Up!'s own squillions of Pinterest boards, where they share card ideas from their own concept artists, as well as from blogs of demonstrators from around the world. If you're ever in need of inspiration of the stampin' variety, or just like to look at pretty things, I would highly recommend a visit.
Speaking of visiting, you might want to swing by my online store for the newest batch of Special Offers or check out the recent updates to the Clearance Rack - there are bargains of all kinds on offer!
And thanks for visiting with me today :-)
It's such a long time since I joined in the Creation Station blog hop, but I'm back amongst the action today as we share idea using some of our favourite products from the newly released Holiday Catalogue.
The hardest part of this was choosing favourite products...
In the end, I decided to go with a stamp set that I loved on sight, which can be used with a minimum of time and energy to create gorgeous Christmas cards...
Minimum of time and energy are the key points for me when creating cards to send out for Christmas. Making cards in bulk at a time of year when everything else (school events, work functions, dance concerts etc) also require time and attention has resulted in occasions where I have neglected to send out cards at all. More than once *gasp*
This stamp set makes use of stunning typography, which takes care of the cute factor, and the size of the sentiments means that you really don't need to be adding too much in the way of other embellishments to compete with them.
The other bonus of the stamp set is that it lends itself to several stamping techniques, so you're not limited to churning out masses of the same card, you can mix it up a little!
The first set I made makes use of the current trend of a watercolour wash in the background...
The second set allowed me to add colour with Stampin' Write Markers applied directly to different parts of the stamp...
In the final set that I created, I brought back chalk board, which was the golden child of stampin' techniques in the not too distant past...
So there you go - a single stamp set, a handful of simple techniques, some note cards plus a few other bits and pieces make for cute and fuss-free Christmas cards!
Thanks for hopping past today and make sure to continue on the hop for more festive inspiration. You can head backwards to see what Nicole Tugrul has created, or forwards to my dear friend Julie Kettlewell's blog...
I have a cute card to share with you today - one that I just made yesterday for the birthday party of a friend of my youngest daughter. My small girl is somewhat known for her love of all things panda related. I can't recall where it started, but she has quite the collection of stuffed toys, pens, pyjamas, books, notebooks etc, all bearing images of pandas.
Here's how we wished her sweet friend a happy 9th birthday yesterday...
How cute is that face? It's almost enough to make me want to start a panda collection of my own...
Speaking of collections, the Playful Pals stamp set is the perfect collection of shapes and images to provide all kinds of options to create a whole array of animal faces. Bundle it together with the Pyramid Pals Thinlit Dies, and you can cut out all those stamped bits and pieces and assemble them as a sweet gift box too!
Luckily, the Playful Pals Bundle and its individual parts are carrying over to our upcoming Annual Catalogue, but the Designer Series Paper that I've used for this card (and SO many others!) won't be... The It's My Party Designer Series Paper is a massive stack of full 12x12 sheets, three designs from which feature on this card. It has everything from birthday party imagery to subtle stripes and geometric shapes - pretty much something for every occasion. It will be outgoing with the rest of the items from the current Occasions Catalogue, which finishes up at the end of this month, so grab a stack while you can...!
The other thing finishing up at the end of this month is the current Annual Catalogue. The Retiring List is in full swing, with many products already sold out. Check out what's still available - much of itgoing out at great discounts - by visiting the Retiring Products section of my online store.
When you're shopping, be sure to keep in mind my Stampin' Spoils program and remember to apply the host code to your order! If your order totals between $100 and $250, be sure to apply the code and grab yourself this month's gift from me!
For some extra fun for my online shoppers this month, your qualifying online order will also put you in with a chance of scoring an added bonus...!
Some of you may recall last September when I was in a last minute push to earn the 2016 Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to the Mediterranean. You might also recall the final result that saw me marginally miss out in the end. In rather an amazing turn of events, it so happens that I'll be cruising the Mediterranean anyway, as the
stunned, grateful and delighted guest of the gorgeous and amazingly talented Julie Kettlewell - my dear demo friend from the UK.
Well after counting down since September when she asked me - in a manner that was much like a marriage proposal - to go as her guest, the time has come and I will be boarding an Emirates flight tomorrow evening to head off to Yorkshire to stay with Julie and her family for three days before we fly together to Barcelona to get on the boat on the weekend!
I will return home in just over a fortnight, right in time for the start of the new Annual Catalogue, but while I'm away, the Retiring List will rage on, and the opportunity to shop from my online store for retiring, clearance and carrying over products will remain available - with an added incentive to do so...!
Back with I was on my previous Incentive Trip to the Caribbean in 2014, Stampin' Up! were giving away these Paper Pumpkin kits to any fellow travellers on board who were interested in trying out stamping for themselves. At the end of the cruise, any that they had left were handed out the demonstrators, so I have had these boxes taking up space in my craft room cupboard ever since!
The super fun part is that I have no idea what's in them! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly stampin' subscription service, but is not a feature of our Australian Stampin' Up! market. So other than knowing that inside is a selection of exclusive co-ordinated products to make some cute projects, it's all a mystery!
And the mystery could be yours!
I'm giving away these two boxes of fun to two of my online customers in May, and here's how you can be part of it:
- Place an order of $100 or more (before shipping) in my online store
- Apply this month's host code and qualify for your free gift from me!
- For each $25 in your order total, you have one entry into the draw to win one of two Paper Pumpkin Kits!
- If you have already placed an order this month, don't panic! I've taken that into account, and you're already in the draw #phew
It's as simple as that! I'll be drawing the winners in early June when I'm back at home, hopefully sporting a Mediterranean tan on my winter white pins!
Want to follow my European adventures...? I'll be posting fun updates on my Facebook and Instagram pages as frequently as time and free WiFi allows, so be sure to pop on over, click the follow buttons and join the adventure!
My eldest daughter had a birthday party to attend a couple of weeks back - a party for a set of triplets that she has befriended since starting high school. All gorgeous kids, so all requiring gorgeous card, of course!
It was the perfect opportunity to bust out a set of "same, but different" cards that I love so much - a similar idea, so as not to require reinventing of the wheel with each new card, but different enough to be individual.
Enter Balloon Builders...!
Have you played with the Balloon Builders yet..? So much fun and so very many possibilities!
Speaking of possibilities, they are running out in terms of getting your hands on stuff from the Retiring List! Hundreds of items, many of them discounted by 15 to 50%, some of them already sold out, many of them running low on inventory and ALL of them only available while stocks last until May 31st! Be sure to grab your favourites while you can...
And with the Retiring List in full swing, it can only mean that a new catalogue is nigh, and that is about the ONLY thing that make it ok for so many fabulous products to be heading off into the sunset.
Just this morning, I arranged for a new catalogue to go out to everyone who has ordered from me this past year. They will start being sent out directly from Stampin' Up! from May 11th, so if this is you, keep an eye on your letterbox over the next couple of weeks!
If you would like your own copy of the catalogue, please contact me and I can arrange one for you. If you order through another demonstrator, please contact them directly for your copy.
One of the things I've noticed about card making in recent times is the increase in using Designer Series Paper as the whole card front, or a decrease in the incidence of a border. It's funny how trends seem to come about, but this is one that I had never really considered before it started popping up in the catalogue and in other stampin' places, and it's one that I am fully prepared to embrace, especially because it requires less brain power from me in working out measurements and borders, and particularly when the paper designs are so beautiful.
It also makes the art of card making so accessible in that no fancy techniques or tools are required, there's not a bunch of time needed in the execution and the end result can still be striking and beautiful.
In this card, the sum total of steps were:
- Adhere Birthday Bouquet DSP panel to card front
- Stamp greeting from Perfect Pennants and small heart border from Birthday Blooms onto Whisper White rectangle
- Stamp and cut small flower from Birthday Blooms, pop it up on a Stampin' Dimensional and add an Enamel Dot
- Pop a cut piece of Tea Lace Doily behind the greeting panel and stick to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals
- The end
This card layout could be completed using virtually any combination of Designer Series Paper and decorative and/or greeting stamps and it's a great way to use up your stash of DSP if you have pretty paper hoarding tendencies. Which wouldn't in itself be a problem (one that I have been afflicted with personally since childhood) except that Stampin' Up! keep insisting on bringing out beautiful new DSP designs, and living in a small house with children that already share a room based on my craft stash having taken over the third bedroom, well....there are storage concerns that I just can't get away from.
Speaking of beautiful new Designer Series Paper designs (and beautiful new things in general), I'm just back from a weekend in Sydney where the upcoming Annual Catalogue was launched, and by golly there's some amazing stuff to look forward too!
You can check out some of my Sydney adventures with my lovely mum (a fellow demonstrator) on my Instagram or Facebook pages, but be prepared for nothing much other than touristy shots and non-specific stamping event posts! We are sworn to secrecy about the contents of the catalogue - even with our demonstrator friends that didn't attend - so there won't be any sneaky peeks to find #sorrynotsorry
Like the idea of being the first to see and buy new Stampin' Up! stuff WAY before anybody else...? The demonstrator opportunity is calling you, CHECK IT OUT!
Before the new catalogue makes its grand yearly entrance though, there's the not so small business of a retiring list to deal with! That will be released this week, and on it you can expect to find a bunch of stuff that will be on its way out to make way for all the new goodness coming at us in June, so be sure to check back this week for that!
DON'T FORGET: Weekly Deals are in their final days, with a massive swag of goodies being thrown out at 25% off. Finishing 9.50pm (WA time) tomorrow - Tuesday April 19th - for the last time. Don't miss out...!
**Disclaimer** The title of this post has nothing to do with a new set of Designer Series Paper #thankgoodness
What has been your favourite set of Designer Series Paper in this year's Annual Catalogue or current Occasions....?
Hello! Happy Monday *grin*
We are in the first handful of days of first term holidays here at my place, so I have a quick post to share with you before the natives get restless/hungry/bored...!
I have found since working outside of my Stampin' Up! business more regularly than in it these past few months, processes and habits have become very important in order that anything gets achieved around here and the flying by the seat of my pants approach that I have favoured my entire life, whilst still my default mode, has had to take a backseat to order and organisation. An excellent but tricky lesson for folk like me...!
One of my favourite regular processes is to create and send cards each month to thank my customers for their orders, welcome new team members and congratulate existing team members on various accomplishments.
Each month, I try to stick to a similar theme for all of the cards, thereby minimising required brain power and maximising the uses that I get out of that one idea.
The stamp set co-ordinates with the very sweet You're So Lovely Project Kit, but also stands very well all by itself with the various greetings and imagery it contains.
Here are the cards that I made with it..
I love the versatility of this stamp set - so many options for sweet messages with cute images and patterns!
And speaking of versatility, check out the oval shaped stamp in the last card above. Did you see that stamp in the stamp set image that I posted further up...? I'll wait while you scroll back...
You've probably figured out that I squished the circular image into an oval shape... I needed a shape to fit the "The Adventure Begins" stamp and Oval Framelits, and being that photopolymer is completely malleable and sticks brilliantly to the clear blocks, it was easy to achieve with some minor manipulation.
Add some versatility to your stamp collection with the gorgeous You're So Lovely stamp set for sweet and simple cards!
So many stamps, so many possibilities and SO MUCH CUTE, all in the one (15% discounted!) bundle...
I had in mind that I wanted to create some sweet and simple Easter gifts for my workmates at my new job, but with only working there one day per week, I had to get myself organised well enough in advance that I was ready to deliver them this past Friday.
If you know me at all, you would know that "organised well in advance" is not ordinarily a phrase that applies to me, but I'll have you know I got them done and delivered and I do rather love them...
I had originally thought I would use the Pyramid Pals Thinlits to create little gift boxes, but with a new pack of the Glassine Sheets just arrived in a recent order, I was bursting to give them a go, and it turns out that the come up delightfully as a little treat bag! Plus they fit more mini eggs #winning
Place an order for the Playful Pals Bundle in the next ten days (and no later!) and you can take your pick of free products from the soon to be defunct Sale-a-bration brochure or the second Sale-a-bration supplement.
Remember to add the host code to your order, and you will also be sharing this month's Stampin' Spoils! I'm thinking that I will include a pack of the adorable Bow Paper Clips Embellishments this month - they are the sweetest!
What are you creating for Easter this year? I would love know what you're up to. And not just so I can get a headstart on next year and continue in the "organised well in advance" vein #promise #maybejustabit
Back in November, Stampin' Up! held the first of their new style of events and we were lucky enough to have one of the local events here in little old Perth! It coincided - as all future OnStage events will - with the unveiling of a new catalogue (the current Occasions Catalogue in that instance) and a whole variety of amazing new things to see and play with.
The Botanical Blooms bundle of products caught my eye from the very beginning and I knew it was going to be added to my crafting arsenal as soon as I could order it. Which incidentally, was immediately - a fabulous perk of attending the event - a PRE pre-order, if you like #yay
I'm a sucker for a good flower set, and although I already had a goodly number of "good flower sets", none of them were quite like this, with those clever flower dies and the way the stamps can be used to pretty up the designs on the Designer Series Paper... *sigh*
As tends to be the way with stamp sets that co-ordinate with DSP, I tend to stick fairly closely to the colour scheme of the paper when using the stamps, even when I'm not actually using the paper on the same card. It seems to be the "easy" way, rather than coming up with my own selection of colours - why fix what isn't broken, right?!
This time around though, I went out on a subtle coloured limb and bypassed the rich, earthy colours suggested by the co-ordinating Botanical Gardens DSP, in favour of a pretty, softer selection...
The next OnStage event is coming up next month and my lovely mum and I are heading over to Sydney for the weekend to take part! If anyone had told me years ago that I would even consider taking a five hour flight across the country for a one-day craft event, I would have thought them slightly mad, but such was the brilliance of the previous event, I consider it almost mandatory!
Registration has closed for the upcoming event now, but the new event schedule means they come around every six months. The very next event after this one is happening in November, with the two-day OnStage Live event coming to Brisbane! These events are exclusive to Stampin' Up! demonstrators and are an amazing spectacle of new products, inspirational presentations, celebratory recognitions, warm friendships and all-around crafty goodness.
If you have ever considered the demonstrator opportunity, even momentarily, then I would suggest you consider it quite seriously, if only for the chance to spend some time in the presence of some incredibly talented and dedicated Stampin' Up! staff members, plus several hundred of your closest, craft lovin' sisters.
For more information on this and the many other benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, check out the Join my Team page of my blog. The Sale-a-bration sign up special of $295 worth of product for the kit cost of $169 is only until the end of this month...
That's right, only two months left to Sale-a-brate...!
Have YOU earned your free stuff yet...?
Even better, add my monthly host code - F3GRQGKG - to your order between $100 and $250 and join in the Stampin' Spoils for March...
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True to my newly established Monday blog posting schedule, I have something new to share with you today. The fact that there is a public holiday that falls today here in Western Australia means that there are all kinds of fun distractions that are calling my name, but I have carved out some time to spend at the computer and my family is bustling around the house tidying and cleaning, so by the time we're all done, we'll be able to head out somewhere fun together and come home to a clean house and a completed blog post.
Works for me...!
Today I'm sharing a card that I absolutely love for its simplicity and prettiness. Sometimes I feel the need to go all out with the techniques and products on my cards, as if they can only be 'special' if they have a whole lot of stuff going on. It's taken quite some time to convince myself that this is not the case at all, and these days, especially with a busier schedule and trickier work/life balance, simple is definitely where it's at for me and card making...
The single technique I have employed on this card also happens to be my favourite one, and is one of my chosen ways to unwind and spend some mindless/mindful time - water colouring. See how I watercolour
Rather than use a black outline for my flower image, I elected to use a very light colour to stamp in - Sahara Sand - so that I could make out the edges of the image, but they weren't a huge feature of the finished, coloured flower. After colouring, I went in with my Basic Black Marker to add details that had been lost in the process of colouring.
I love how it turned out, and after cutting out and popping up with some Stampin' Dimensionals, it's just the pretty feature I wanted for my finished card.
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Have you checked for the new host code for March yet? There's Stampin' Spoils to be shared around every month with your qualifying online order, so make sure you add the host code to your March order!
Weekly Deals are ongoing and this week's offerings finish up tomorrow! Be sure to jump on any bargains that catch you eye before they disappear and keep an eye out for a new batch of bargains on Wednesday!
One of the things I love the most about the creative world is how you never have to come up with a single creative idea if you don't want to. If I'm having a mojo-less moment (or month!), a quick flip through my catalogues, a browse through Pinterest or a quick Google search will provide me with more than enough ideas to try without having to stare at a blank sheet of cardstock, hoping with all my might that it will turn into something fabulous #wishfulthinking
One of the things I love most about Stampin' Up! is how so much inspiration comes directly from the company itself. The aforementioned catalogues that arrive several times per year, filled with beautiful images and projects to try, the blog that is run from the US page of the company website, as well as fully stocked and regularly updated social media accounts that always have eye candy to offer.
One of the things I love most about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the additional inspiration provided just for us, the demonstrator group. In addition to all of the inspiration already mentioned, demonstrators also enjoy:
- Twice yearly live, local or online events with amazing demonstrations, tips and product giveaways
- A quarterly hard copy magazine, filled with success stories from fellow demonstrators, business tips, technique and product spotlights, projects that come with full product lists and instructions for use in classes and workshops plus loads more
- Weekly emails with additional projects, informational resources and links to pertinent information in the demonstrator website
- An online forum where demonstrators from all over the world can connect and share their work and words of stampin' wisdom
Today's project comes directly from one of the Succeed Weekly emails that land in my inbox every Tuesday. It's always quite late in the evening when the emails arrive, so sometimes I have to deliberately avoid opening them, lest they cause me to drop everything and head directly to my craft room to spend some late evening hours avoiding going to bed, as was the case with these cards...
The Flowering Fields stamp set and Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper are both items that you can earn for FREE with Sale-a-bration, currently heading towards its final month! For every $90 in your order, you can choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure or supplement flyer, containing products just newly released last week!
Got a wishlist that's overflowing and like the sound of the free-flowing inspiration-fest that's available to demonstrators?
Fancy getting your own products at a minimum 20% discount, as well as earning commission when you share your love of the products with others?
How about being surrounded by a team of like-minded crafters who create, share and inspire each other at team events and in our fun online community?
You might prefer to consider the demonstrator opportunity, which will provide all of the above and SO much more for the start up cost of just $169. Ordinarily, this outlay would provide you with a kit, made up of products of your choosing up to the value of $235, which is rather spectacular in the value department.
During Sale-a-bration however - ONLY until the end of March - you can choose an additional $60 worth of product for your kit, taking the total value to $295 for your $169 outlay.
The BEST part is that this offer is available to anyone...
Only interested in purchasing products for yourself without the need to run classes or parties...? THIS OFFER IS FOR YOU!
Thinking you could do the occasional, informal class with your nearest and dearest fellow crafty types..? THIS OFFER IS FOR YOU TOO!
Wondering if you could make a real go of a home-based crafting business and go for all the amazing incentives and awards available to top achieving demonstrators...? THIS OFFER IS ALSO FOR YOU!
Thinking that you'd love to give it a shot, but are not sure if you can commit long term...? THIS OFFER IS MOST DEFINITELY FOR YOU! If at any time once you're a demonstrator, you decide that it doesn't fit with your life, you can drop, with no penalty and nothing to pay back.
GOT QUESTIONS? Get answers - the Join my Team page of my blog answers everything you might want to know about being a demonstrator in my team, and if it doesn't, feel free to get in touch for extra information.
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Thanks for sharing your Monday with me, and I look forward to sharing future Mondays with you too! With my current work/life situation, I have determined that I can commit to a definite weekly blog post, and Mondays are where it's at, y'all!
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I feel as though one of the "hellos" in the title might be for the purpose of re-introducing myself lest you have forgotten who I am in the five week hiatus since my last post. I did indeed go to Tokyo (with gifts) as suggested in my previous post, and some of you may have seen the photo and video that I posted to my Instagram profile of my visit to the Japan office of Stampin' Up! It all seems like a lifetime and a half ago now, as I've been home just over a month and it's been back to school, work and life as I (sort of) knew it, ever since.
Since the week after my return, I've been working three to four days a week outside of my little stampin' biz, and I have to tell you, I used to think I was busy...
But all that is for another time, I have important stuff of the stampin' variety to share!
Sale-a-bration remains in full swing and there is still a month and a bit left to claim your FREE items with every $90 in your order total (before shipping). Last week, a small selection of NEW free items were added, giving you even more fun freebies to choose from.
Say "hello" to...
ADDITIONAL SAMPLES: Download the Sale-a-bration supplement brochure
In saying hello to these new products, part of the deal was that we would be saying farewell to three products from the original Sale-a-bration release, specifically, the Sky is the Limit and Hello stamp sets, and the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper. Check them out on pages 16 to 18 of the Sale-a-bration brochure.
Happily, these will remain available while stocks last, although when I checked this morning, the wood mount version of Hello was already sold out and the woodmount Sky is the Limit was on the low inventory list.
The moral of the story is BE QUICK!
Personally, I'm a huge fan of the gorgeous, script-y 'hello' in the Hello stamp set, and a big fan of a hello card in general. No need to wait for a birthday or other special occasion to send a card, send one like this one, just because...
This card is a single layer of Whisper White, masked off in a rectangle using Post It notes and stamped in various colours using the Botanical Blooms stamp set. The masked white space left behind was the perfect spot for the greeting.
Grab your own Hello stamp set (now only available in Clear Mount!) with your $90 order, or bump it up to $100 with the addition of a little something else from your wishlist (or perhaps the Weekly Deals or Clearance Rack!), add my February hostess code, and share in the Stampin' Rewards for the month too...
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