A bunch o' birdies, the final countdown and a special offer!

Nothing like leaving things to the last minute but we're at the final day of the Summer Mini and Sale-a-bration and I just had to pop in and show you this little idea (from last November no less!) that I put together using the Aviary stamp set that is available for only another 10 hours!

Aviary was the stand out stamp set for me as soon as I saw the Summer Mini (Itty Bitty Bits carved its own spot in my heart about five minutes later) and I jumped on the opportunity to grab it during the demonstrator pre-order period in November (just one of the many perks available to you as a Stampin' Up! demo...)

I put it to work immediately for a project I created for our A Klass Act team Christmas dinner.  About 20 of us got together at a local restaurant, exchanged handmade gifts, chatted endlessly and filled our bellies with festive fare.

For my gift (we each put one in and received one created by another team member) I created a 2011 desk calendar in a CD case, which I also created a matching outer cover for...


The inside looked like this...


The beauty of the Aviary stamp set is that with a selection of four different bird cages and four little birdies, you have an almost endless supply of different variations and ways to use them!

Below are the individual month pages - click on the thumbnails to see them in full size.

january february march april
may june july august
september october november december

I had so much fun putting this little project together, not least because once I had formatted the months and printed the pages, it was all one layer stamping with my chosen colour combination and came together very quickly.

I haven't been able to decide on my favourite...   I do like the little dude in the Santa hat in December, but the stack of birdies in May is also fun.  Then there's the cheeky fella in September who's managed to make an escape, leaving his buddy behind :-)

Which is your favourite?

As much as it was rushed and totally last minute, I hope you've enjoyed the last few posts highlighting some of my favourite things about the Summer Mini.  It really has been a favourite of mine.

As a special last minute offer, if you purchase all of the products I've highlighted in this and the previous two posts (Aviary, Itty Bitty Bits, Punch Pack, Bitty Buttons and the Square Lattice embossing folder) I will add the following as bonuses:

  • a clear CD case - the kind that open right up to stand up on a desk plus information on where you can get more
  • a template and tutorial for the calendar, including a formatted 2012 calendar all ready for you to print to give you a head start on some Christmas gifts for this year
  • free shipping to your door - a saving of $5.95
  • AND you get to choose a Sale-a-bration stamp set of your choice as well!

The wood mount option for the above products comes to $120.75 and the clear mount* option comes to $107.75.

Contact me asap - that is in the next few hours - if you would like to take advantage of this offer and snare yourself these fabulous products while they're still available!

Already have one or all of the products in the special offer...?  Just because it's the last day of Sale-a-bration and Summer Mini goodness, place a $100 order of anything from the Idea Book & Catalogue or Mini today and I will send you the template and tutorial as well, PLUS waive your shipping and of course you get to choose your favourite Sale-a-bration set too :-)


* Clear blocks sold separately - if you don't have any I can hook you up with those as well :-)

"A bunch of birdies - CD case calendar" Stamps: Aviary Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Real Red Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly, Basic Rhinestones

Inlaid embossing - the new black...

I can't remember when or where I first saw the inlaid embossing technique, aside from it being some time in the past couple of months and on any one of several blogs and forums that I may have visited during that time.

It seems to be the "it" technique of the moment and it's no wonder as far as I'm concerned as it doesn't happen very often that I see a technique that I haven't seen at any point prior and that literally makes my jaw drop.

I made it the focus of my workshops last month, so that all my February hostesses and workshop guests got to see this fabulous technique in action and the hostesses got to keep the cards that I made.

Want to see what has me in such a spin?!



See the image panel there with the Little Leaves die and the Itty Bitty Bits flowers that's also embossed?  That there is the inlaid embossing technique - sticking some punched or die cut shapes onto a background the whacking the whole lot through the Bigshot inside an embossing folder with a nice and closely repeated pattern (the Square Lattice folder from the Summer Mini is perfect).

That is quite literally, all there is to it and of course I was immediately bustling about my craft room, excitedly trying out all combinations of shapes and colours and giving my Square Lattice embossing folder the workout of its life!

Here is my second workshop sample...


I loved this one the most as the number background - easily replaced with alphabet letters from the same Timeless Type Sizzlits set for a fabulous teacher card or in pastels for a baby card or just some gorgeous brights for a school aged birthday party (somebody stop me!!) - is as simple as cutting out a bunch of numbers in your choice of colours and sticking them randomly to make a background.

I started in the bottom left corner and stuck alternating numbers and colours to fill in the space before popping it all through the Bigshot.  Easy peasy!

Here's the third one...


For this one, I stuck to the same colour scheme as before and this time cut out an assortment of flowers using my Blossom Party Originals Die and some different sized circles using my punches.

I also wanted to play with this technique from a scrapbooking perspective, so I got out every circle punch I own (also known as every circle punch in the catalogue...) and made myself a range of different sized and coloured circles and rings, which I stuck in no particular order onto Whisper White before embossing it and coming up with this...



...which may lead you to ask how I embossed such long pieces of cardstock when the embossing folder is only around the size of a card front, the answer to which is that I embossed one end first, then put the other end of the cardstock in the folder, being careful to line up the pattern on the folder with the previously embossed part and Robert's your mother's brother ;-)

As you can see, when I get excited about a particular new technique or idea, I do it to the extreme, but you can see how amazingly versatile and impressive but incredibly simple this technique is, and how the sky is the limit as far as what you can do with it.

Pivotal to the whole idea though is the Square Lattice embossing folder - the one that I think gives it the best outcome, and being that this folder is in the Summer Mini catalogue (page 17 for those of you playing along at home) you have only until tomorrow evening to secure yourself this fabulous little tool and have yourself hours of fun coming up with your own combinations of shape and colour!

Although you may want to wait until later to contact me for yours, as I'm going to show you what else I've been doing with Itty Bitty Bits and the co-ordinating Punch Pack and Bitty Buttons at this month's workshops, and you might want to grab them at the same time.

Just a thought... ;-)

Inlaid embossing technique" Stamps: Occasional Greetings, Perfect Punches, A to Z, Itty Bitty Bits Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Brights DSP stack, Play Date DSP, Whisper White Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder, Scallop Edge, Eyelet and Scallop Trim border punches, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Wide Oval PunchTimeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits, Blossom Party originals die, Top Note die,  Little Leaves Sizzlit, Daffodil Delight 1/4" grosgrain, Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly, Brights brads

Itty Bitty Bits of loveliness!

I said earlier that I'd be back later with my workshop projects for this month, so being later, here I am!

I'm not long back from coaching at my girls' gymnastics classes, which follows on from a 6am workout in the park, canteen duty at school, and some work in the afternoon, so if I stop making sense (you know, more so than usual) chances are my head has hit the keyboard, so forgive me.

I had an absolute blast with my workshops this month, all of them centered around the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set and matching Punch Pack and Bitty Buttons.  It's such a totally cute stamp set and I was really happy with the projects I made with them and gave to my hostesses.

I was determined to work Poppy Parade into this month's colour scheme and was happy to land on this combination, which actually includes four out of the five In-colours, plus Baja Breeze.  Bright and colourful and perfectly suited to the Itty Bitty range.

Here's the first one...


This first example shows just the stamping aspect of the set - at least the ones that I demonstrated at the workshops did...  This sample of mine has a stuffed up Poppy Parade flower under the punched out one, but imagine if you will a Poppy Parade flower stamped directly onto the circle of Whisper White just like the other two.

Thanks :-)

For the second sample, I busted out the co-ordinating Punch Pack for this, my favourite of the bunch...


Same colours as before, just in different proportions - something I have been doing in all my recent workshops to show the versatility of a combination of four or five colours :-)

For the third sample, I popped on some of the delightful Bitty Buttons for some added cuteness and dimension...


Same colours again, a bit more of the polka dot theme that I seem to have going on, plus a Sale-a-bration set (last day to get yours tomorrow!!) for good measure :-)

At $55.85* for a stamp set, pack of three co-ordinating punches and 64 buttons, you really can't go wrong, unless of course you don't act before tomorrow evening, as these sweet products are set to become unavailable as soon as the Summer Mini finishes its reign.

If you'd like to add this set of lovelies to your order of the Square Lattice embossing folder from earlier, you'll need to get in touch asap to make sure you can get them!

Alternatively you can wait until tomorrow and order at the last minute, as I've got something to show you that might have you adding the Aviary stamp set as well... ;-)

* Cost for clear mount stamp set not including shipping.  The total of all the products inclusive of the stamp set in woodmount is $59.85

"Itty Bitty Bits of loveliness" Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, So Happy for You Paper: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom, Whisper White, In-colour DSP stack, Ink: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom, Peach Parfait Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Scallop Edge, 1-1/4" Square, 1-3/4" Circle & 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punches; Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker, Blush Blossom Stitched Poly, Basic Rhinestones, Bitty Buttons

A Summer Frenzy!

I'm not sure about you, but over my way the weather is not nearly approximating a Summer's day today (not that I'm complaining!), but despite that, the Summer Mini from Stampin' Up! is alive and kicking and packed with some delightful products perfect for your Summer stampin'!

Personally I'm super excited that the delightful Aviary set made the cut and I've already inked it up several times for some oh-so-cute projects (coming soon - stay tuned!).

I also love the idea of the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set with a matching three-punch set AND co-ordinating clear buttons, plus there are some gorgeous vintage bits in amongst the cuteness too!

To check all these out, plus MUCH more, simply click on the image below to view the online catalogue, or to save a copy to your hard drive for ongoing perusal and inspiration, click -->HERE<--

And in case a brand new mini catalogue isn't enough to get you all hot under the collar, Stampin' Up! has announced an amazing December promotion too!

Just in time for your Christmas stampin' shopping, December Frenzy sees a huge list of products being discounted - some by up to 50%!

Included are the Circle Scissors Plus - now just $32.97 (were $54.95), Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware - now just $28.98 (was $57.95) plus an assortment of gorgeous stamp sets - one going for a tiny $7.98!!

Here's the complete list for you to check twice ;-) and for a downloadable flyer including images of all the discounted products, click -->HERE<--

Item Page Description Retail Price Sale Price
119181 39 A Little Treat Wood-Mount Stamp Set $21.95 $10.98
120018 39 A Little Treat Clear-Mount Stamp Set $15.95 $7.98
119189 40 Tote-Ally Tess Wood-Mount Stamp Set $37.95 $26.57
111255 43 Daisy Dash Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel $15.95 $9.57
121482 56 Baby Bundle Wood-Mount Stamp Set $49.95 $34.97
119161 72 Autumn Days Wood-Mount Stamp Set $38.95 $19.48
120012 77 Pendant Park Clear-Mount Stamp Set $27.95 $13.98
113031 88 Tart & Tangy Wood-Mount Stamp Set $21.95 $15.37
115806 91 Fresh Cuts Wood-Mount Stamp Set $38.95 $27.27
115946 102 Wonderful Favorites Wood-Mount Stamp Set $39.95 $23.97
119167 104 Heard from the Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set $38.95 $23.37
119185 105 Teeny Tiny Sentiments Wood-Mount Stamp Set $62.95 $31.48
105115 118 Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $4.03
105106 119 Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $3.45
100045 119 Pretty in Pink Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $3.45
105114 119 So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $3.45
105111 119 Bashful Blue Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $3.45
105108 119 Regal Rose Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $3.45
105109 120 Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $3.45
100069 120 Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $4.03
100082 121 Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker $5.75 $3.45
103104 122 Small Cello Bags $7.50 $4.50
111325 140 Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware $57.95 $28.98
112530 140 Circle Scissor Plus $54.95 $32.97
116681 161 Kind Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set $11.95 $5.98

To take advantage of these amazing prices, simply send me an email and I can arrange to have your order delivered to your door!

I'll be back tomorrow with a Christmas project that I'm absolutely delighted with - one that's been on my Christmas to-do list for a goodly number of years and I'm SO excited to have finally brought it to life!

See you then!