Fun with Family & Friends

Here’s a fun card featuring a whole crowd of family & friends! I loved this stamp set on sight and had heaps of fun playing around with it when it first appeared in the Occasions Catalogue back in January.

I wanted to test out a few different characters and also thought it would be fun to stamp them tone-one-tone onto Crumb Cake, so that’s where I started, and here’s where I finished up… | Family & Friends stamp set

A tip for stamping a background like this one…

Don’t start in the top corner!

I started my line up of characters in the middle of the first row, as I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut off any heads at the top, but I also didn’t want the first character on the left to be whole and perfect and the rest of them lopped off. The finished background looks as though it was a larger piece of patterned paper chopped up into a card size, which is exactly what I’m going for whenever I stamp a background | Family & Friends stamp set

I wanted to keep the focal point fairly simple, so as not to overshadow the people-y background of the card. I thought the ‘thanks from all of us’ greeting worked perfectly with the crowd and the small pops of colour were all that were needed.

I LOVE this stamp set, but since it’s not carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue, if you also love it and don’t already own it, you’ll need to do something about that before the 3rd of June…

Thanks for coming to hang out with me and all my friends and family today!

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Quickly, quickly...!

In case you’re not hanging out on my Instagram and Facebook pages, I thought it worth popping up a quick post to let you know some important Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalogue news…


The Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (item 149623) may be one of our most popular Sale-A-Bration items ever. It’s been so popular, in fact, that it has exceeded product forecasting. Stampin’ Up! have shipments coming in, but because this item has been in such high demand, it will most likely not last until the end of Sale-A-Bration.

Moral of the story… If you love this ribbon, you will want to make sure to get yours for free with your $90 order sooner rather than later…

In other exceedingly popular product news…

These two characters from the Occasions Catalogue have also been running hot and have exceeded product forecasting in much the same way. Inventory of these two punches is expected to be depleted in the next couple of weeks, after which time they will be switched to ‘unorderable’ in the ordering system until another shipment arrives in mid-March.

While I can confirm that these two fantastic punches are set to carry over into the next Annual Catalogue due out in June, that’s not going to help with all of your delightful butterfly and cake projects in February…!

Different story, same moral - act quickly to ensure that you don’t miss out on either of these…

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So sweet! Family & Friends stamp set

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

Does anybody else remember All in the Family?

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

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

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. | Family & Friends

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

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

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

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All new cling stamps!


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

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

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

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

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

  • Remove the paper backing from the label.

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

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

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

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

Best Practices

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

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

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

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


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Occasions Catalogue 2019

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

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

Love the project ideas in the catalogue?

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

Need inspiration?

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

Ready to shop?

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

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