Friday, August 28, 2015

Wild About Flowers Stamp-a-Stack


How pretty is the Wild About Flowers stamp set? It's a fun one to use too - the stamps and flowers are stamped separately, making it easy to add colour, and the set comes in photopolymer, so it's super easy to line up too.
I've kept to quite natural colours and tones, with just a pop of colour for these cards - Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey, along with Early Espresso, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.
The corrugated cardstock, torn edges, linen thread and cotton ribbon provide texture. I've also either stamped a hardwood wall, or embossed a brick wall on these cards.
If you're wondering where the greeting stamp set comes from, you'll find them in the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (not available separately). Think of it as a Greeting stamp set that comes with some bonus cards!


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Vintage Leaves Stamp-a-Stack


It's been pretty busy around here lately! I have been getting ready for my upcoming team Stamp Camp this weekend and also preparing for my Holiday Catalogue Launch Party in a couple of weeks. As well as all that, Amy is currently completing her final year of high school and has her final HSC exams coming up soon (I still find it hard to believe I have a daughter who is 18!)
However, I've still been finding time to run a few classes every month. These are some of the cards we made in my August Stamp-a-Stack Class. I always have requests for male cards, and I think these fit the bill. I love leaf stamp sets, and I think this is one of the best ones we have had - the leaves can be watercoloured (but look great uncoloured too), there are lots of different shapes and sizes, and the best part is that there is a matching set of framelits (= no fussy cutting, yay!).
I've paired the leaves with a splash of Gorgeous Grunge, and stamped them on an Ornate Tag, torn at the bottom for some extra texture.
The colours I've used are Tip Top Taupe, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

You're Invited!

If you live in the Sydney area, I'd love to see you at my....

"Get Ready for Christmas"
 
Holiday Catalogue 
Launch Party!

 When: Sunday 13th September
Time: 2pm - 5pm
(pop in anytime, stay for a minute or an hour, it's up to you)
Address: 27 Ryan St Dundas
Cost: FREE!

  Come along and pick up your copy of the Brand New Holiday Catalogue! 
 There will be lots of special offers, plus you can join in a make-and-take or two, have a chance to win a Lucky Door Prize and enjoy some afternoon tea.

 I will have lots of samples on display, and you'll be able to see the new products 'in the flesh'. It's the perfect way to get ready for the Festive Season!


  Don't miss out on this fabulous afternoon. Bookings are essential, and places are limited 
so RSVP by August 27 to mail@marelletaylor.com

  You are welcome to bring a friend or two. Please let me know their name/s at the time of booking. 

PLACES ARE LIMITED,
SO BOOK IN NOW!


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This Week's Deals

Some great items on sale this week. You can see them in my store HERE.

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These items are available until next Tuesday at midnight. New deals will be available every Wednesday morning at 9am. Don't miss out!


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

A New Addition!

I've been a little bit preoccupied lately, because this bundle of cuteness arrived in our lives:

This is my new little nephew Miles, a little brother for Leo. Don't you just want to sniff that new baby smell, and cuddle him all day long? I do!!

And here's something not quite as cute (since this is a stamping blog, after all):


We made this card at one of my team meetings, using the Wild About Flowers stamp set (a new addition to our catalogue ....see what I did there??). Chopping a panel into 3 parts is a great way to add visual interest without having to add more layers. I'm LOVING the new heavier weight white cardstock (another new addition). I've also used the new Washi Label punch, and Gold Thread
The colours I've used are Cucumber Crush, Tangelo Twist, Delightful Dijon and Watermelon Wonder.
Now, excuse me while I go and sniff a baby!

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

All About Sugar Flower Pot


It's always fun to find new and different ways to use stamp sets. I shared this one at our team meeting last week. For our make-and-take we used “All About Sugar” – it’s a stamp set designed to work with the Fry Box Die (Annual Catalogue, page 61). Here, I’ve used it to make a card instead. The Striped pattern becomes a pot, to hold a bunch of flowers. I've used a blade to cut a slit in the top of the 'pot', so the flower piece can slide in and out. You could also attach a gift card to the back of the flowers, making your card a present too!


I’ve used the Pretty Petals 6” x 6” Stack to decorate my card. To make this card, you only need half a piece from the stack (3” x 6”). The co-ordinating colours are Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla and Old Olive.


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Monday, August 03, 2015

Fry Box Popcorn Treats


These little Fry Boxes are some special treats that I whipped up for my Class Ladies last month, to celebrate the new Catalogue. I used all 5 new In Colors, and filled my boxes with some yummy Salted Caramel Popcorn (I used this recipe HERE). They were fun to make, and hopefully fun to eat too!


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Build a Birthday Stamp-a-Stack


This Build a Birthday stamp set is so much fun! I can see me getting lots of use out of this one. I'm always needing birthday cards, and this set suits birthdays of all ages. I've gone with a bright and happy colour combo - Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry and Watermelon Wonder.
I created most of my birthday cakes with stamps, but one is made out of washi tape.
TIP: Attaching your washi tape to wax paper first makes it easier to cut it to the right length.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Giant Craft Sale!

It's the Garage Sale to beat all Garage Sales! Myself and 20 of my team members are selling off lots of retired Stampin' Up! goodies, all at BARGAIN prices. We need to clear our cupboards! Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested. Hope to see you this Saturday.




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Guy Greetings Stamp-a-Stack


Just a quick one from me today - I'm currently buried under mountains of Retired Goodies for our Craft Sale on Saturday. I'm pricing everything SUPER cheap this year...I really need to clear some space on my shelves!
These are the cards we made in my Stamp-a-Stack Class last week. I finally caved and bought the Guy Greetings stamp set. I needed another masculine set, and this one has some great images and sentiments. I've also used the Go Wild 6"x6" Paper Stack and Tip Top Taupe as my base colour.
You can make a fun background element using just strips of DSP, laid over some subtle background stamping.
Now, I'd better get back to pricing my retired goodies! Hope to see you on Saturday.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

CaSE-ing the Catty


I know I've said it before, but our catalogue is full of beautiful product samples, just begging to be copied. This one on page 125 caught my eye on my very first browse through the catalogue.
We were given the "Awesomely Artistic" stamp set at our Leadership event at the Gold Coast Convention, so one of the first things I did when I got home, was whip up my version of this lovely card:

I've kept mine more mono-chromatic, in Pool Party, Black and Vanilla, but apart from that I've made very few changes. I did a DIY version of the flower using the Itty Bitty Accent flower punch:



I'm gradually working my way through the Catalogue CaSE-ing lots more samples. For those who don't know, "CaSE" means "Copy and Share Everything" and is encouraged in the stamping community.


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Pool Party Baby



Baby cards are such fun to make! I made this one for Michael, my newest great-nephew...is that what you call your niece's son? I'm not very good with the family tree stuff - I tend to just call them niece/nephew or cousin, depending on the generational fit!
I've used Pool Party and White for my colour combination, and some leftover Sale-a-Bration DSP that I found in my stash.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Gift Bag Punch Board Projects


I love having a new toy to play with! The latest in my collection is the Gift Bag Punch Board. It's now super easy to make gift bags and boxes in all shapes and sizes.
Here's a closer look at the 3 at the back:


I've used lots of fun bits and pieces to decorate my bags and boxes, but they all feature the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. I'm going through lots of this paper. I'm finding the bright colours and cute patterns really easy to use.
Check out how easy it is to make your own gift bags:



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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sheltering Tree Screen Card


I've seen a few of these screen cards around, and had been itching to try one. I decided that Sheltering Tree, in all 4 seasons would be the perfect set to use for my first attempt.


These screen cards are very easy to make. I used the full length of a piece of A4 card for mine, scored in quarters (every 7.4cm). I made mine the regular height of an A5 card - 14.8cm. The screen 'legs' are made by punching with the Decorative Label Punch.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Watercolor Wishes Kit


It's available to order now! With this card kit, not only do you get all the supplies to make 20 cards, you also get this exclusive stamp set, only available as part of the kit:

I love the font in this set, and I must admit I bought the kit for the stamp set alone! Get a closer look in the video:
 


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Monday, July 06, 2015

Shadowbox Garden


Hopefully you aren't too sick of my Garden in Bloom creations. This is the last one I have to show you, and then I'll move on to something else, I promise!
Punches are great for making windows in your cardfronts. Sometimes an image can have more impact when it is set behind a frame, like a shadow box.
My colour scheme here is Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and a dash of Tip Top Taupe.


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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Plum Roses in Bloom


I have another simple Garden in Bloom card to share today. I've used Shimmery White cardstock again, and Mint Macaron again, but this time paired it with Perfect Plum.
I love the little rose stamp from this set, and I've let it shine by leaving lots of white space on this card.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Garden Grunge


I've had lots of fun playing with the Garden in Bloom stamp set. I'm on a bit of a Shimmery White cardstock kick at the moment too. It adds a touch of sparkle, and really steps a simple card up a notch.
The colours I've used on this card are Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Pool Party.
It's the little touches that make this card a bit more special - a blossom accent (so pretty!), a splash of Gorgeous Grunge, and some lace ribbon. I gave my ribbon a ruffled look using the new Tear & Tape. It has all the strength and stickiness of the old Sticky Strip, but is much more user-friendly - you can tear it, the backing peels off easily, and it doesn't have that annoying static cling! I just lay a strip of tape along the edge of my cardstock and used my fingers to ruffle the ribbon and press it into the tape.
I have a couple more Garden in Bloom cards to show you next time.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Only a Few Days Left!


Would you like some free stamps?? Silly Question! Who doesn't want free stamps?!
If you have a large wishlist from the New Catalogue (and who doesn't?), this is the best deal of all!
Join as a demonstrator in the month of June, and get 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice!

You can choose ANY 2 STAMP SETS from the new Annual Catalogue.  So, for $169 you get $235 worth of products (of your choice) PLUS 2 free stamp sets (of your choice). What an amazing deal!
But hurry, this offer ends on Tuesday!

 Email me if you have any questions, and I'll be more than happy to help.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Watercoloured Garden in Bloom


At the Hawaii Share Fair, I also demonstrated a simple watercolouring technique using the Garden in Bloom stamp set. It's always nerve-wracking demonstrating in front of your peers, even more so when they are All Stars! Thankfully, everyone was really lovely and soon my nerves disappeared.
I demonstrated how to create a soft watercolour look by stamping on Shimmery White cardstock, and then painting with the Aquapainter.
I also showed how you can emphasise the painted look by using a mixture of regular stamping, stamped-off, and double-stamped images.
Here's a comparison between an image that has just been stamped (on the left) and one that has been painted with water (on the right):


With watercoloured images like this, you will feel like an artist, and no one needs to know how simple it actually is (I won't tell, I promise ;o)


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Monday, June 22, 2015

The 4x6 Rip Flip


On the Hawaii Grand Vacation, I was honoured to be asked to do a Presentation for the other Demonstrators at the "Share Fair". There were 8 of us demonstrating, and I was sent the "Garden in Bloom" stamp set and English Garden Designer Series Paper to work with. As it turns out, they are 2 of my favourite products in the new Catalogue, so the hardest part was narrowing down my ideas. I showed a few different things, and one of them was an invention of my very own - the 4x6 Rip Flip! With this simple technique, you can make 72 cards from one pack of DSP without wasting a single scrap!
All you do is cut your sheet into six 4"x6" pieces. Then, take a piece and rip it (or snip if you prefer), and then flip one piece over to reveal the pattern on the other side. So quick and easy!
Here are 6 cards I made using the English Garden papers:


I've used the reverse side of each pattern for my cards, but you could mix and match your patterns if you prefer.
Here's a closer look:


The sentiments are all from Garden in Bloom, and I've edged them by dipping them in Versamark and then in gold embossing powder. It's an elegant way to make a punched shape stand out and add a bit of glitz at the same time, without having to add another layer.
I'll be back next time to show you some more of my Hawaii Presentation.


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