Full frontal Designer Series Paper | Birthday Bouquet

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.

Like this....

   Stamps:   Perfect Pennants, Birthday Blooms   Paper:   Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Whisper White   Ink:   Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder   Accessories:   Tea Lace Doilies, It's my Party Enamel Dots

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Birthday Blooms Paper: Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Ink: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder Accessories: Tea Lace Doilies, It's my Party Enamel Dots

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:

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....?

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Simple and pretty | Birthday Blooms

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.

   Stamps:   Birthday Blooms   Paper:   Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Watercolour Paper   Ink:   Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive   Accessories:   Aquapainter, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

Stamps: Birthday Blooms Paper: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Watercolour Paper Ink: Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Aquapainter, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker

How do you keep it simple when you're craving creative time but don't have a bunch of it? Join the conversation! So far there are 0 comments...

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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!

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100 Lucky Envelopes - the final update!

You might be aware of a little promotion that I was running during September in a final frenzy of action to see if I could gather the points required to earn the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation to the Mediterranean next year.

In my usual last minute, flying by the seat of my pants style, I realised that with a little bit of effort and a whole lot of luck, it wasn't entirely beyond the realms of possibility that I could be aboard that ship.

The effort was the part that I was entirely in charge of, and I had an amazing month running stamping events and workshops, stamping with old and new friends and thoroughly enjoying the flurry of stampin' activity.

In the final tally of points, I ended up just shy of 5000 short of my goal. I don't mind telling you that I considered - more than once - placing an order of my own for $5000 worth of Snail Adhesive refills, Whisper White cardstock and trimmer blades! After all, it would cost waaaay more than that to actually pay for a trip for two to the Mediterranean from my little corner of the world. In the end, common sense (just barely!) prevailed and I concluded the month happy with my efforts and determined to start a little sooner in my efforts for next year's trip...

For those who placed orders, hosted workshops, attended events, sent messages of support, cheered and otherwise supported my crazy little last minute effort, this is for you...

  Stamps:  A Whole Lot of Lovely (Stampin' Rewards exclusive)  Paper:  Whipser White, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Watercolor Paper, Cherry on Top DSP stack  Ink:  Versamark, Whisper White Craft Ink, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo  Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Triple Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punches, 1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Block, Stampin' Spritzer

Stamps: A Whole Lot of Lovely (Stampin' Rewards exclusive) Paper: Whipser White, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Watercolor Paper, Cherry on Top DSP stack Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft Ink, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Triple Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punches, 1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Block, Stampin' Spritzer

I created the watery, washy colours in the background by inking up a Clear Block in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo ink, spritzing with water then pressing it onto the Watercolor Paper, where I had previously stamped and clear embossed the image from A Whole Lot of Lovely. It's a fun and very versatile technique - change the stamp, change the colours, have fun!

Thanks again for following along last month and for all the support and cheerleading! I'm humbled by the many lovely messages I received and look forward to sharing exciting news about the 2017 Grand Vacation to Phuket around this time next year!

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A happy hot air balloon birthday!

We had a sweet birthday party to attend on the weekend - my handsome man's cousin's little girl turned one and she had a gorgeous party with hot air balloons as the theme.

I was so excited to create a card for her, as I have not really put my Celebrate Today bundle through its paces since I got it several months ago, and it was perfect for the theme.

I took inspiration from the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Kit in the Holiday Catalogue, having played with them in recent times and loving the jangly, sparkly, shakiness of them!

   Stamps:   Celebrate Today   Paper:   Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Watercolour Paper, Cherry on Top DSP stack, Window Sheets   Inks:   Versamark, StazOn White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede   Accessories:   Balloon Framelits, Tree Builder Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry & Pool Party Markers, Brights Candy Dots, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Metallics Sequin Assortment

Stamps: Celebrate Today Paper: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Watercolour Paper, Cherry on Top DSP stack, Window Sheets Inks: Versamark, StazOn White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede Accessories: Balloon Framelits, Tree Builder Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry & Pool Party Markers, Brights Candy Dots, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Metallics Sequin Assortment

Another thing I loved about the card is how I actually created it a whole week in advance of needing it, which is unheard of for me. Sadly, I didn't photograph it until the morning of the party, and the light wasn't playing nice, so I couldn't manage to get a decent photo to show the watercolour-y, pastel-ish, cloudy background as well as I would have liked.

Thanks for popping in today - hope your part of the world is as sunshiny as mine!

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Kraft gift bags, lots of ways!

This week's Creation Station blog hop topics gave us the option of using single stamps or creative ways to use the different bags that we have available in our gift packaging section of the catalogue. Seeing as my most recent team day focused on the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the creations that we made that day.

Everyone got a pack of the bags, as well as some of the beautiful English Garden Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, all of which featured in the projects. The idea was to show that the bags can be used in a variety of ways and with a variety of other products, including embossing folders, decorative masks, Framelits, and the Simply Scored Board  to mix the projects up a bit.

First up, we made a set of note cards and envelopes...

 The    Brick Wall Embossing Folder    adds great texture and interest to the bag and the    note cards and envelopes    are popped inside for a sweet and simple gift idea

The Brick Wall Embossing Folder adds great texture and interest to the bag and the note cards and envelopes are popped inside for a sweet and simple gift idea

 A    Circle Framelit    cuts a neat window out of this bag, and a    cellophane bag    inside holds simple gift tags punched from the    English Garden Designer Series Paper   . The spotty mask from the    Dots and Stripes    pack, along with    Whisper White craft ink    adds some fun decoration

A Circle Framelit cuts a neat window out of this bag, and a cellophane bag inside holds simple gift tags punched from the English Garden Designer Series Paper. The spotty mask from the Dots and Stripes pack, along with Whisper White craft ink adds some fun decoration

 These novelty bags were created with a gusset using the    Simply Scored Board    so that they can stand up on their own, filled with treats!

These novelty bags were created with a gusset using the Simply Scored Board so that they can stand up on their own, filled with treats!

 In this fun album project, the Kraft bags were used as album pages, alternating with different patterns of the    English Garden DSP    and stapled together at the left. The little tabs that are poking out on the right are attached to pieces of    Whisper White cardstock    that are added pages inserted into the bags.

In this fun album project, the Kraft bags were used as album pages, alternating with different patterns of the English Garden DSP and stapled together at the left. The little tabs that are poking out on the right are attached to pieces of Whisper White cardstock that are added pages inserted into the bags.

It was so much fun discovering different ways to use the combination of products and especially ways to use the bags to get a variety of uses out of them. I hope you might be inspired to look at the bags a bit differently and discover the multitude of ways they can be used.

It's time to continue on with the hop now and see what the other gals have in store for you you...

Thank for popping in and happy hopping!

Weekly Deals - Mission embossable + my FAVOURITE Designer Series Paper!

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Weekly Deals are here again, and if you're a fan of the gorgeous textured look provided by the Big Shot Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, you're in luck - there are no less than FOUR great designs to choose from in this week's deals.

Also featuring is a set of Designer Series Paper that pops up in the vast majority of my card designs - the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper...

Here's a card that I made for some dear friends of ours over in Brisbane who recently built and moved into a beautiful new home. 

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Back in April when my lovely mum and I went to the Gold Coast for the Stampin' Up! convention, we stopped over in Brisbane for a few days, and despite being in the midst of building a new house, packing up the old one, as well as managing work, home and teenage children, our wonderful friends wouldn't hear of us staying anywhere other than with them.

Mum and I wanted to choose something lovely for their new home - which was completed a month or so after our visit - but decided on a voucher for an online homewares store so they could choose something for themselves once they were all settled in. I popped it into this card and sent it off as a fun surprise

I used my much loved Typeset Designer Series Paper for the lower panel of the card, as I did on many more of my creations, which you can find HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Phew! I knew it was a favourite of mine, but even I underestimated the number of times I reach for that set of paper! Clearly, the crisp black and vanilla is a winning combination on any project...

Be sure to grab your favourite discounted embossing folders and reams of bargain priced Typeset DSP before next Tuesday!

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Creation Station blog hop - one for the fellas

It's time for another Creation Station blog hop and this time around, we're celebrating the blokes! It's coming up to Father's Day in the US, so you'll see a bunch of Father's Day themed projects on the blogs of the other team gals, but seeing as we have a few months to go until we officially celebrate the dads in this part of the world, I thought I'd provide some general blokey inspiration...

We're also celebrating the release of the brand new Annual Catalogue just last week, filled with amazing new products and fabulous inspiration, including the I Think You're Great stamp set that I used on this card.

I have always found it much harder to stamp for fellas than I do for the ladies, so I tend to keep it fairly simple and let the colours and basic shapes provide the masculine factor. In this card, I combined Delightful Dijon - a brand new in-color - with Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon and Pumpkin Pie, and a strip of the diagonal striped paper from the Typeset Specialty DSP. That stuff goes with everything!

I created the hollow star by sending two different sizes of the Star Framelits nested together through my Big Shot, and continued the star theme with a small smattering of star shapes punched out of the Confetti Stars Punch.

I'm a big fan of the current 'cluster' trend in card making - elements bunched together in an area of the card with lots of 'white space'. One of the ways I like to ground my cluster is by partially embossing the background, which I did here with the Chevron embossing folder - another great products for use in masculine themed projects.

Have you managed to settle on some favourites from the new Annual Catalogue yet...? I'm still experiencing a bit of overwhelm, and just as I think I've nailed down my new favourites, I'll see something amazing on a blog or website somewhere and my wish list prioritisation is all out of whack again!

Send your new catalogue wish list into a tailspin by checking out the rest of the stops on today's blog hop. You can head backwards to Kathy Kartak or forwards to Sara Levin.

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New Sale-a-bration products, Blendabilities discontinued + birds and lemons...

I'm a bit delayed in updating you with a number of things, not least of which is the news that there are FOUR new Sale-a-bration freebies to earn as of this month!

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As with the previous Sale-a-bration offerings, you get to choose one of the free items with every $90 in your order (prior to shipping).

You'll want to be quick though, as we're in the final weeks of Sale-a-bration, so make sure to get your qualifying order in before March 31st...


Blendabilities Discontinued

Last week, Stampin' Up! announced that they had turned off all of the Blendabilities product codes in the ordering system while they investigated a quality issue that had resulted in the return of an increasing number of sets of the markers due to drying out.

In a further update this week, due to the nature of the defect, Stampin' Up!  have concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction and product returns will only become more widespread.

The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that Stampin' Up! are certain would meet their high quality standards and provide them with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.

Questions?

Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. I am SO happy about this news - Memento has become my go-to black ink!

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. I have almost all of the sets and have never personally experienced a problem with any of them, and neither have I been alerted to any issues that my customers have had.

Q: What if I have purchased Blendabilities Markers that are defective?
A: If you purchased your markers through me, please get in touch for assistance. If your markers were purchased through another demonstrator, you will need to contact them.


Happier news - birds and lemons

Back in January, I shared some cards that I had created on the request of Stampin' Up! for inclusion in a Product of the Week showcase that would be running throughout Sale-a-bration. I have neglected to share a second set of cards that was part of the same promotion, this time using the A Happy Thing stamp set.

This is probably the last set that I would have chosen for myself, but the great thing about an assignment such as being asked to provide cards using a designated stamp set, is that it provides a shove out of your comfort zone like no other...!

I got out my trusty watercolouring tools for the first two cards and absorbed myself in layering (and layering, and layering!) colours using Watercolor Paper, Aquapainters and ink pads.

(Follow a tutorial on how I watercolour)

  Stamps:  A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge  Paper:  Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper  Ink:  StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive  Accessories:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Soft Seude, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset Specialty DSP, Flower Pot DSP, Watercolor Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Aquapainters, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

  Stamps:   A Happy Thing (SAB)   Paper:   Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Wa  tercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP     Ink:   StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,    Accessories:   Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper, Park Lane DSP Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Marina Mist,  Accessories: Aquapainters, Venetian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

For the final card (my favourite, incidentally), I did use Blendabilities, but a similar effect could be achieved with the watercolouring technique as outlined in my tutorial. As long as you can produce the light and shade that makes it look as realistic as possible, you're on a winner :-)

  Stamps:   A Happy Thing (SAB)   Paper:   Soft Seude, Whisper White,      Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede   Accessories:   Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder,   Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' D  imensionals

Stamps: A Happy Thing (SAB) Paper: Soft Seude, Whisper White,  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) Essentials Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Just for fun, here's another technique that lends itself well to the A Happy Thing stamp set. Check out this video from Stampin' Up! on masking using this image...

Thanks for popping in today!

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Choosing Happiness (and Blendabilities!)

It's been quite the flurry of activity in my craft space these past weeks with the Perth Party Time event now mere days away. I would not usually be quite so heavily involved in a Stampin' Up! event, but this one is a bit different in that demonstrators are taking a significant role in the running of it. It's very exciting (and somewhat daunting!) that we have the opportunity to take front and centre in how the day will go.

Myself and my team have taken on accountability for the displays on the day, and I have hit the inevitable "have I done enough?!" stage of panic these past few days. It's a feeling that generally rears its head for me when something is at stake and I'm really invested in a particular outcome. In this case, what's at stake is the enjoyment and inspiration of the almost 200 attendees that will be joining us and I'm SO determined that they will leave absolutely brimming with ideas and an urge to get inky at their very first opportunity.

Luckily, the presentations that we have lined up for the day are AWESOME and will be contributing to the display, as well as the fact that attendees are invited to bring their own card samples to share, so I'm quite certain that there will be no shortage of gorgeous eye-candy of the stampin' variety.

That doesn't stop the occasional rising of unease though - I think that's just how I roll.  And I reckon that the one time that I feel like I have everything handled ahead of time is the one time that it will all go pear shaped...

Aaaanyway, I have a card to share with you today that I made quite some time ago. It uses the Choose Happiness stamp set, which was the absolute number one stamp set on my wishlist when the current Annual Catalogue came out back in July. It's also the stamp set that will feature in the make and take projects on the weekend.

   Stamps:   Choose Happiness, Hello There   Paper:   Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight   Ink:   Memento Tuxedo Black, Calypso Coral   Accessories:   Old Olive Blendabilities, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Choose Happiness, Hello There Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Calypso Coral Accessories: Old Olive Blendabilities, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

I actually rescued the front stamped panel of this card from my bin. I had masked, stamped and coloured the leaf images across the front, then decided that they didn't turn out how I envisaged, so tossed it and moved on to something else. I can't recall what I was envisaging at the time and why this didn't measure up, but I pulled it out of the bin a couple of days later, had a further fiddle around with it and landed here.

I'm rather glad I did, as it turns out...

Most of the action happens in the top half of the card, with a nice large expanse of deliberate white space at the bottom. The combination of colours is nice and fresh and there's just enough going on without it being too busy.

I just LOVE the big "hello" stamp from the Hi There set. It makes a fabulous big statement all by itself, and I also love a card that just says "hello". It reinforces that you don't need a particularly significant occasion in order to send a card :-)

So my challenge to you based on today's post is to take a second look at a project that you gave up as a bad joke. Try it out with some fresh eyes and see if you can end up somewhere unexpected and fun.

Oh, and challenge number 2 is to send a "hello"card.

Just because...

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A rose is a rose...

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen the fabulous time I've been having with my Blendabilities of late. After spending yesterday between sleeping on the couch and going back to bed with some kind of annoying virus, I pulled out my Blendies after dinner, sat in front of the tv in my jammies and just coloured.

It was lovely.

Here was the work in progress...

And here's was I just finished turning it into about 10 minutes ago...

   MDS:   Fifth Avenue Floral   Stamps:   A Dozen Thoughts, Dictionary   Paper:   Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Whisper White, Under the Tree Specialty DSP   Ink:   Soft Suede, Versamark   Accessories:   Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Banner Punch, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Antique Brads, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

MDS: Fifth Avenue Floral Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts, Dictionary Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Whisper White, Under the Tree Specialty DSP Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Banner Punch, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Antique Brads, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

With such a large image, I wasn't sure where to start in terms of making it into a card, so I scoured some of my favourite sketch blogs and landed on Sketch #238 from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge over at the Sweetest Thing...

With such a large and dominating image as the rose, this sketch had just the right amount of additional embellishments so as to allow the rose to be the main feature, whilst still adding some interest.

For the little circle/banner feature, I paired a Very Vintage Designer Button with an Antique Brad and added a snippet of green from one of the sheets of Under the Tree Specialty DSP, punched with the sweet Banner Punch...

I've been madly preparing for the upcoming Party Time event in Perth, where Stampin' Up! has partnerd with local demonstrators to bring a fabulous stampin' day to the peeps of Perth. I couldn't be more excited!

I will post separately with all the registration details - it's open to everyone and as always, the more stampers the better!

Thanks for popping in - I really appreciate your visit (and your patience!) as I'm very aware that it's exactly a month since there's been any action on these pages...

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MDS Monday - Blending with Digital Stamps

A couple of months ago, I posted a peek of an MDS stamped image that I had coloured with Blendabilities.

What a fabulous discovery to make!

It widened the possibilities of my Blendabilities colouring options by a massive percentage and came to my rescue just a few weeks ago.

My sweet niece and Goddaughter made her First Holy Communion at the end of last month, and with a dire shortage of appropriate stamp images, I hit up MDS for the solution.

I was able to search for, locate, purchase and download a set of suitable images all within a three minute time frame and for the royal total of $2.50.

And here's what resulted...

   MDS download:   Crosses of Hope   Stamps:   Hardwood, And Many More   Paper:   Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Ink:   Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black   Accessories:   Label Card Thinlits Die; Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana; Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

MDS download: Crosses of Hope Stamps: Hardwood, And Many More Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Ink: Soft Suede, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Label Card Thinlits Die; Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana; Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

The beauty of digital stamps is that they can be resized, so this one is more than double its original size, enabling me to make it a real feature.

The colour combination was dictated by the extent of Blendabilities that I had available to me at the time. I have since purchased further sets and am on my way to owning the whole shebang, but for the stained glass like result that I was aiming for, the colours that I had did the job beautifully.

The greeting was able to be added neatly with the help of the perfectly shaped banner Thinlit from the Label Card set. The "For You" is part of a larger greeting "Here For You" from the And Many More stamp set, but with some careful aiming, I was able to eliminate the word I didn't want and the remaining ones that I did want fit neatly inside the banner.

Check out the options that MDS can afford you with regard to colouring - you might find a whole new world of possibilities like I did!

You can trial MDS free for 30 days, or invest just $24.95 and it's yours to keep. It comes pre-installed with a bunch of content and there are new downloads available every month. Sweet!

Thanks for popping in and for your patience as I adjust to the new routine that I have now that I have added the realm of postgraduate study to my life as mentioned in my previous post. It's a juggle for sure, and some days it feels like all the balls that I'm trying so hard to keep in the air are falling down all around me, but nothing worth doing is ever smooth sailing all of the time, right?!!

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Weekly Deals - today's the day + new Clearance Rack additions!

Weekly Deals day has come around again and there's another selection of great products available at even greater prices...

I am a huge fan of the Gift Bow Bigz Die - so simple to create perfectly gorgeous bows in any number of colours and patterns, as well as the option to play around with it to make single bows, double bows and more!

Inspired by a project that I found on Shelli's blog (along with a good many other examples of ways to use the die), and helped along by an instructional video by a US demonstrator, I created this sweet gift card holder...

   Stamps:   Chalk Talk   Paper:   Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Black, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper   Ink:   Versamark   Accessories:   Gift Bow Bigz Die, Chalk Talk Framelits,  Large Scallop Edgelit,  White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder

Stamps: Chalk Talk Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Black, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper Ink: Versamark Accessories: Gift Bow Bigz Die, Chalk Talk Framelits, Large Scallop Edgelit, White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder

I love how it looks like a sweet gift box, then when you open the sumptuously embellished flap at the top...

...out pops the gift card!

My big girl has been invited to no less than four birthday parties next month, so I can see this particular project coming in handy - I find gift vouchers to be a handy solution for "tweenage" girl gifts, and being able to package it up in a sweet and decorative way is a definite bonus.


While you're visiting the Weekly Deals page in my online store, you might want to swing by the Clearance Rack too - new products have been added, and there are some crackers!  

Unlike Weekly Deals, which we know are available at the discounted price for a whole week, the Clearance Rack is a strictly "while stocks last" affair, so if you see something you like, I would suggest you move on it swiftly...

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Hello there, Work of Art!

One of the most fun and least structured stamp sets in this latest catalogue is Work of Art, a series of brush-like swooshes and splodges, combined with a couple of words and providing a massive array of arty possibilities.

This is a card that came together simply with some of my favourite colours of ink, a gold embossed greeting from my favourite hostess stamp set - Hello There - an embossed background and a smattering of sequins.

   Stamps:   Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)   Paper:   Crisp Canteloupe, Whisper White   Ink:   Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark   Accessories:   Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Crisp Canteloupe, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Simple, effective and easily produced in bulk, which is a wonderful thing, since I sent this card out with copies of the catalogue that I posted to some of my customers recently (want one?  Get it HERE!)

To change it up a little, I also made some using alternative colours of cardstock and a different embossing folder - same but different...

   Stamps:    Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)    Paper:    Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White    Ink:    Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark    Accessories:    Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

   Stamps:    Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)    Paper:    Coastal Cabana, Whisper White    Ink:    Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark    Accessories:    Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

   Stamps:    Work of Art, Hello There (hostess)    Paper:    Strawberry Slush, Whisper White    Ink:    Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark    Accessories:    Modern Mosaic, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Stamps: Work of Art, Hello There (hostess) Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Modern Mosaic, Gold Embossing Powder, Sequin Trim

Despite the brand new offering of In-colors with this new catalogue, I am still (clearly!) entirely unable to drag myself away from the ones that were introduced last year. I can't promise there won't be a bit of a mutiny when the time comes for these babies to retire...

But for now, I choose to remain in the present, where they are happily still available, along with all of the other deliciousness that has landed with the new catalogue.

Have you checked it out yet...?

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A Punchy, Puppy Birthday!

I am not a big one for punch art - not that I don't love the amazing creativity that punched shapes offer in terms of turning them into unexpected creatures and things, but I just don't often think of using my punches in that way.

Until a need arises by way of finding myself without a specific image in my vast array of stamp sets.

Like a dog.

And I'm actually really glad that I don't own a dog stamp, as it turns out, because I'm a little bit in love with this guy...

   Stamps:   Bring on the Cake   Ink:   Crushed Curry, Soft Suede (sponging)   Paper:   Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Naturals White, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Rasberry Ripple, I Am Me DSP   Accessories:   Circles Collection Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Ovals Collection Frameilts, Owl Punch, Bird Punch, Small Heart Punch, Large Oval Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Chevron Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Bring on the Cake Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede (sponging) Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Naturals White, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Rasberry Ripple, I Am Me DSP Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Ovals Collection Frameilts, Owl Punch, Bird Punch, Small Heart Punch, Large Oval Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Chevron Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

In searching for "punch art dog" with the help of my old friend and ally, Google, I came across this fella and just knew I had to recreate him for myself.  I also loved the idea of him popping out of a window, sort of like this guy, so combined the two ideas to come up with my own.

Many of the shapes are actually from my Framelit Collections as well as punches - they offer such versatility in having a variety of different sizes in great basic shapes.

I made a few changes based on not owning some of the punches in the original creation, but in doing so, made some fun discoveries.

Like the fact that the branch part of the Bird Punch with three of the four leaves cut off works really well as skinny dog arms/paws!

The greeting is from Bring on the Cake - a great big birthday themed greeting set that is due to retire at the end of the day. It has a fabulous array of different ways to send a birthday wish, like these ones I've made previously...

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The greeting is actually a faux banner, made up with three separate pieces of cardstock, layered together and mounted up so that from the top, it looks for all the world like a folded, 3D banner, but from the side, if you care to look, it's a whole other story...

Some carefully placed Stampin' Dimensionals are your best friend :-)

The card is winging its way (all things being usual with Australia Post) to a family friend of ours to wish him (a bit of a belated!) happy birthday, along with a handful of dollars to go towards a much coveted pet dog that he's saving up for.

I'm actually not entirely sure that the family is in the market for a pet, but after my big girl told me that she'd said she would send some money to help with his savings, we had to follow through on her promise and I daresay if the dog thing doesn't pan out, a nine year old boy will surely find a little somethin' somethin' to spend it on.

 

What's your favourite way to play with punches...?

Stampin' Supplies - Retiring

There's a hole in the...card front!

Every so often, I go off on little tangents with my card making, and try out a technique in a variety of different ways.

I had one such stint last month and also demonstrated it at a couple of workshop - the technique being to create aperture cards.

ap·er·ture [ap-er-cher] 
noun 

1. an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc.

2. Also called aperture stop. Optics. an opening, usually circular, that limits the 
quantity of light that can enter an optical instrument.

For this series of cards, I wanted to show how the same idea, swapping out shapes, stamps, colours etc, could provide quite a different outcome without having to reinvent the wheel each time.

Circles and birthdays first...

   Stamps:   Perfect Pennants, Itty Bitty Banners   Ink:   Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler   Paper:   Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Birthday Basics DSP   Accessories:   Circle Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Itty Bitty Banners Ink: Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Birthday Basics DSP Accessories: Circle Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

This one used a different stamp from the same Perfect Pennants set and swaps out a circle for a square and party hats for a scrap of ribbon...

   Stamps:    Perfect Pennants    Ink:    Bermuda Bay, Versamark    Paper:   Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP   Accessories:   Square Framelits, Small Heart Punch, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants Ink: Bermuda Bay, Versamark Paper: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP Accessories: Square Framelits, Small Heart Punch, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

The final one is a bit more pretty and girly, bringing in an oval shaped aperture this time, along with a different ribbon and some butterflies.

   Stamps:   Perfect Pennants   Ink:   Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush   Paper:    Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe DSP    Accessories:   Oval Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Basic Pearls, Very Vanillla Seam Binding, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe DSP Accessories: Oval Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Basic Pearls, Very Vanillla Seam Binding, Stampin' Dimensionals

What's your favourite way to change things change things up whilst keeping them the same...?

A parade of petals, the final day of Sale-a-bration and the end of the Birthday Bash!

I can hardly believe that after two months of freebie fun and frivolity, we're staring down the barrel of the final day of Sale-a-bration for 2014.

There has been a fabulous array of offerings this year and I've given many of them a good going over, but I might have to say that my favourite has been the Petal Parade stamp set. Lending itself to everything from sweet and simple, to more involved and detailed projects, it's been a bit of a winner for me.

Buckle up for a little journey through some of the cards and projects that I've made with this set and its co-ordinating DSP, Sweet Sorbet.

Here's a sweet and simple example...

   Stamps:   Petal Parade (SAB), Express Yourself (hostess)   Ink:   Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso   Paper:   Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Accessories:   1-1/4 Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Express Yourself (hostess) Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

And a showcase of the pretty patterns in the Sweet Sorbet DSP...

   Stamps:    Petal Parade (SAB), Happy Day    Ink:    Sahara Sand, Early Espresso    Paper:   Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Whisper White   Accessories:   Circles Collection Framelits, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Happy Day Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Whisper White Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

A combined effort of the stamp set and Designer Series Paper, showing off their fun co-ordination...

   Stamps:    Petal Parade (SAB), Yippee Skippee    Ink:    Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede    Paper:   Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Pistachio Pudding, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Whisper White   Accessories:   Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Yippee Skippee Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Pistachio Pudding, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Whisper White Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

The DSP combined with a different sweet floral set from the Occasions Catalogue - Petite Petals...

   Stamps:    Petite Petals, A Dozen Thoughts    Ink:     Soft Suede    Paper:   Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crisp Canteloupe Coredinations   Accessories:   Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Starburst Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Stampin' Chalk Marker, Basic Pearls, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Canteloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petite Petals, A Dozen Thoughts Ink:  Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crisp Canteloupe Coredinations Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Starburst Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Stampin' Chalk Marker, Basic Pearls, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Canteloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

The simple but effective Triple Time technique is perfect for this stamp set...

   Stamps:    Petal Parade (SAB), Oh Hello    Ink:    Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede    Paper:    Naturals White, Soft Suede    Accessories:   Basic Pearls

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Oh Hello Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede Accessories: Basic Pearls

And if you've come along to a workshop recently, there's a good chance you got up close and personal with this card, one of my favourite make and takes for a long time!  Simple and do-able for a newbie stamper, whilst also being "wow" enough for a seasoned stamper to be happy with...

   Stamps:   Petal Parade (SAB), A Dozen Thoughts   Ink:    Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede    Paper:   Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Accessories:    Bigshot, Arrows Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), A Dozen Thoughts Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories:  Bigshot, Arrows Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Check out some other cards I've made with this set - I posted one on my Instagram account this morning and another on my Facebook page...

Be sure to place your order and qualify for your free product/s (Petal Parade or otherwise!) by 11.50pm AEDT, which is 8.50pm for us over here in the West!

Don't let this be you....


Need another reason to get your order in today...?

Aside from qualifying for free Sale-a-bration products, an order of $90 before the end of the day will also provide you with two entries into my Birthday Bash giveaway!

Can't remember the details...?

Check them out HERE...

With only a small handful of orders in the running (and those only having been received since posting a quick reminder on my Facebook page this morning!), there's a good chance you'll be the lucky winner, but only if you get your order in on time!

Contact me with your order or head straight on over to my online store to start shopping...

It's been fabulous to Sale-a-brate with you!

A few of my favourite things - chalk boards and spiral flowers

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The chalkboard technique has been around for a little while now, but having recently acquired the Hardwood (wood/clearbackground stamp, I've had some fun bringing a bit of added realism to it.

I demonstrated the chalkboard technique at a workshop last weekend and used this card along with two others to show how one simple idea, with just a few tweaks, can provide a number of different outcomes, suitable to a number of different occasions.

   Stamps:   Yippee Skippee, Hardwood   Paper:   Naturals White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Ink:   Whisper White, Soft Suede   Accessories:    Banners Framelits, Spiral Flower Bigz Die, White Embossing Powder, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Yippee Skippee, Hardwood Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack  Ink: Whisper White, Soft Suede Accessories:  Banners Framelits, Spiral Flower Bigz Die, White Embossing Powder, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges

I also love using the White Stampin' Chalk Marker to add an extra chalkiness to the project, although clearly, I could use some practise in the drawing of a straight line....  

This is why I stamp - the lines are included, no drawing required.

Here are the other two examples I showed at the workshop and gave to the hostess...

   Stamps:   Sketched Birthday, Hardwood   Paper:   Naturals White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White   Ink:   Whisper White, Soft Suede   Accessories:   Stampin Write Markers - Real Red, Coastal Cabana & Crumb Cake; Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, White Embossing Powder, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Sketched Birthday, Hardwood Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White Ink: Whisper White, Soft Suede Accessories: Stampin Write Markers - Real Red, Coastal Cabana & Crumb Cake; Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, White Embossing Powder, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges

   Stamps:   Oh Hello, Banner Blast (SAB) Hardwood   Paper:   Naturals White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Ink:   Whisper White, Soft Suede, Real Red, Coastal Cabana   Accessories:    Banner Punch (SAB),  White Embossing Powder, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Oh Hello, Banner Blast (SAB) Hardwood Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack  Ink: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Real Red, Coastal Cabana Accessories:  Banner Punch (SAB),  White Embossing Powder, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges

I managed to redeem myself a little in the hand drawn lines on these two.

For each of the cards, I stuck to the colour scheme of Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake, taken from the lovely Fresh Prints DSP Stack, with some Soft Suede added in for my Hardwood (wood/clear) background.

Have a technique or project that you'd like to get up close and personal with?  I'd love to come and share it with you in a workshop, and give you the finished products when they're done :-)

Workshops are a great way to spend a couple of hours, giving you insight into new stampin' products and techniques, plus the chance to get hands on when you might not ordinarily give yourself the opportunity to be creative.  

My favourite workshop moments are often provided by the ladies that come for a coffee and a chat and find within themselves a love of creating that they had never previously discovered, or even thought for a moment could have been there.

Check out more information, including what's on offer in terms of hostess dollars for your workshop sales, and contact me to arrange a date.  I have limited availability for the remainder of March, but am always happy to try and squeeze something in.  Alternatively, I am also booking for April and beyond.

Let's get our ink on :-D

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New class - come {envelope} punch on with me!

I've been busily creating some new classes with fabulous new products recently and am so excited to share the first one with you now!

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Envelope Punch Board Class

Create three projects using this fabulous and incredibly versatile tool:

  • A card, using the EPB to create a miniature envelope embellishment
  • A box, using the EPB to create the box itself, plus the decorative bow
  • A 3D envelope and patterned envelope liner - pretty and perfect for lumpy-bumpy cards

The cost of this class will be $50, which includes the Envelope Punch Board itself. It will get its first awesome workout in every class project, then you'll have it to take home and continue on with when you leave.

Already own the Envelope Punch Board for yourself?  Contact me and we'll organise a way for you to join in the class too!

Join me on either of the following two dates to punch the night away:

  • Thursday March 20 at 7.30pm (RSVP no later than Tuesday 11 March)
  • Monday March 24 at 7.30pm (RSVP no later than Friday 14 March)

Places in the class are limited to six and payment is required in advance to confirm your spot, so you'll want to ensure you book early so as not to miss out.

Got a group..?

Gather a crew of four to six peeps and I'll gladly put a class on just for you guys.  I'll come to you, or you can bring your posse to my stampin' space at a time that works for us all.  Contact me to arrange a private class and we'll set it up!

Can't wait to stamp with ya!

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The Bigshot has a baby brother!

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All new and super cute, the Texture Boutique is a fun new addition to the Stampin' Up! arsenal of products.

This compact, lightweight, low cost tool provides an alternative to embossing with the Bigshot and is available initially until supplies are exhausted, after which you will be able to score it in the new Annual Catalogue, due out in July.

A great reason to be among the first to own one of these babies, is that during Sale-a-bration, you can purchase the new Texture Boutique, along with three embossing folders (conveniently, there are three delightful new ones in the Occasions Catalogue - Ampersand, Arrows & Scallops) and you can score the FREE Decorative Dots Embossing Folder as your Sale-a-bration reward...

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So you'll be embossing up a storm with minimum fuss and loads of new textures in a flash! Grab the Texture Boutique from my online store and browse all of the available Embossing Folders while you're there!

Finding it tricky to keep up with all of the amazing new stuff coming out?  Keep an eye on my What's On @ SU! page for a convenient, one-stop collection of everything you need to know...

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Teacher cards 2013 - instalment #3

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Third in my series of teacher appreciation cards for 2013 is this one for one of the lovely Education Assistants in my small girl's Year One class.

I had a lot of fun letting my technique junkie out to play with this one - embossing, sponging, the works!

I started out with a Mojo Monday sketch as a jumping off point - this one to be exact...

Transient

And here is the card that eventuated...

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Being a large card to give all the parents an opportunity to express their gratitude for the year on the inside, it also gave me the opportunity to use the gorgeous Swallowtail (wood/clear) stamp in a way that allowed it to be a fabulous feature without taking over the entire card front.

I first stamped it in Versamark onto a piece of the hexagon patterned paper out of the This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper, then embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  I sponged like a madwoman using Soft Suede ink around the edges and in the centre of the embossed image, which allowed the butterfly to stand out a bit against the background, but also for the DSP pattern still to feature.

The three little Pool Party Candy Dots in the top right helped to balance the card and also helped to ensure that I busted open the packet of candy cuteness that has been sitting in my embellishments drawer for a good few months now.  Sometimes I revert back to my childhood ways of owning craft stuff just to look at and marvel over.  

Please tell me I'm not alone...

Hanging a little tag from the Very Vanilla Seam Binding bow allowed me to add the sweet "Thank U" sentiment from the Pennant Parade (wood/clear) stamp set and finish it all off.

I've been really enjoying getting back to my blog and sharing my recent creations - I hope you're enjoying a bit more action around these parts too ;-)

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Stamps: Swallowtail, Pennant Parade Paper: Pool Party, Naturals White, This and That Epic Day DSP Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede, Early Espresso Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Subtles Candy Dots, Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals