Now, this is a story all about how...

...My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you all about my DSP love affair...

If you're a generation either side of me, there's a good chance those (slightly altered) lyrics will have slipped right past you, but if you're anything like me, the moment you clapped eyes upon the "Fresh Prints" Designer Series Paper Stack in the Occasions Catalogue, you were humming along and bopping your head too :-)

I love the bright colour combination and bold patterns of this DSP and can see myself using the colours together ongoingly (is that a word?) after the DSP disappears with the finishing up of the Occasions Catalogue at the end of this month.

Teamed up with one stamp set (Starburst Sayings, bundled together with the co-ordinating Framelits), one ink colour and card stock to match the colour combination in the DSP, it's a no-fail solution...

Stamps:    Starburst Sayings    Ink:    Real Red    Paper:    Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Starburst Sayings Ink: Real Red Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Same stamps and accessories, different patterns from the same stack of DSP and a slightly altered layout...

Stamps:    Starburst Sayings    Ink:    Real Red    Paper:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Starburst Sayings Ink: Real Red Paper: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Adding in a circle punch and swapping stamp sets (Perfect Pennants) provides further options...

Stamps:    Perfect Pennants    Ink:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana    Paper:    Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  1-3/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana Paper: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  1-3/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Or keep it cleaner with a simple tag embellishment and a bunch of white space...

Stamps:    Word Bubbles    Ink:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana    Paper:    Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Word Bubbles Framelits,  Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Word Bubbles Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Word Bubbles Framelits,  Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Options galore, all inspired by a little pad of Designer Series Paper (hooray for not having to take a deep breath as you chop into your favourite patterned 12x12 sheets!)

Check out some other projects using this gorgeous DSP...

Stock up on Fresh Prints here...

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Stampin' Supplies

A sweet girl is six - project co-ordination love!

My delightful niece turned six last week and as I have been committed to trying in recent times, I included a handmade component with her gift.

Enter MDS (what else?!) and my trusty iron on transfer paper and with a colour palette dictated by the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper on the co-ordinating card, plus an adorable image from the My Digital Studio Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Setand I had a super sweet custom made t-shirt to tuck in with her gift...

Digital Supplies  : MDS Software, Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Set

Digital Supplies: MDS Software, Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Set

The addition of the sweet six year old adds up to almost too much cuteness...

For the card, I pretty much busted out a bit of everything from the current Occasions Catalogue...

Stamps:    Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion    Paper:   Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Ink:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Arrows Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack  Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede Accessories:  Starburst Framelits, Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Arrows Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

...and the co-ordinating gift and card together makes my stampin' heart happy!

My favourite thing about Stampin' Up! is - and has always been - the co-ordination of colours across their product offering.  

Matching colours in cardstock, ink and embellishments?!

Yes please!

Goodbye rocket science, hello effortless project co-ordination.

Your turn - what's your favourite thing?!

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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