Sunday, May 26, 2019

Tea Together Swap

I recently attended a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Event in Auckland, New Zealand. It was equal measures of fun, learning and inspiration. These events are one of my favourite parts of being a Demonstrator, and one of my favourite parts of the event is swapping. I took along 35 of these cards, and swapped them with other Demonstrators, so that I came home with 35 different cards. Lots of connections made and plenty of inspiration there!

I used the Tea Together stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue. I drink a lot of tea, and I love old-fashioned tea sets, so this stamp set is very 'me'. I've paired it with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder (another love of mine), which I've gently swiped with White Craft ink after embossing. I coloured the flower with my Blends, and did these in a variety of colours (but I think this Lovely Lipstick one was my favourite).

The Soft Sea Foam piece has been given the Subtle embossing folder treatment. The die-cut sentiment and the piece of twine are the finishing touches.

Hopefully all the other swappers liked my card!

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

CCMC562 Garden Lane

It's Thursday, and that means it's Challenge time again over at
This week is a sketch challenge, and this is the sketch we had to work with:

At this time of year I'm always torn between playing with my Retiring Items one last time and breaking out new products. You can probably guess which side won this week! If you don't recognise the Designer Series Paper I've used on this card, that's because it is brand new! You're going to love the new patterns and colours we have coming our way. This pack is called Garden Lane, and it's all about green! We have several shades of green here - Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green. Who would have thought they'd all work so well together?
I've also broken out a new stamp set called Butterfly Wishes and some new Stitched Nested Label Dies. The sentiment and the little butterfly are both part of the stamp set. I've used the dies to cut out the sentiment and mat it, and to add a row of stitching to the strip along the side. There are 2 butterflies in this set that co-ordinate with the Butterfly Punch (gotta love that!)
I hope you like my card. Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Bloom by Bloom Stamp-a-Stack

Every year there are some stamp sets that I am ready to say farewell to, and others that I feel like I'm not nearly done with. We haven't had this Bloom by Bloom stamp set for very long and sadly it didn't make it in to our new Annual Catalogue. I just love the variety of different types of flowers you can create using this set. I've made 4 very different looking cards, and I didn't even use all the stamps in the set. I also pulled out another couple of retiring stamp sets out for the sentiments.

I used the co-ordinating Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper on these cards. There are lots of colours in these papers, but I've just used 3 - Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Call me Clover (I love these 3 together!).

You can see all the items I've used to create these cards listed below.
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Piece of Cake Stamp-a-Stack

In class last week we played with some Retiring Colours and a Retiring Bundle. It's always fun to have one last play with the outgoing In Colours, and this pack of patterned paper.

The Piece of Cake Bundle is amazing value at $54.75 for a Builder Punch and a 21-piece stamp set! This stamp set and punch are in our new Annual Catalogue, but not at the bundle price (10% discount), so grab it before June 4th.

I've applied just a touch of colour to the images using a Blender Pen and inkpad (still one of my favourite techniques!). The sentiments on these cards are all from the Piece of Cake stamp set. I think my favourite is "Cake is the answer  ....who cares what the question is?". And even better, they fit nicely in the Classic Label Punch.

We did 5 cards instead of the usual 4 for this set. I just couldn't bear to leave one colour out!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

CCMC561 Southern Serenade

It's Thursday, and that means it's Challenge time again over at This week is a colour challenge, and these are the colours we had to work with:

I think this stamp set - Southern Serenade - is the retiring stamp set that I'm going to miss most. I had to give it one last spin before it's gone forever. The flowers are so pretty, and easy to colour, and I just love the lacy background stamp. I've also used the sentiments in this set to death. They seem to fit perfectly on just about every card I make, and work really well in circle punches too. For some extra 'oomph', I cut out 3 of the flowers for this card, and raised them on mini dimensionals. I used Blender Pens and ink to colour them.

My background piece is from the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper. I ran it through the Big Shot with the Garden Trellis embossing folder. This is also retiring, so grab it while you can. To really bring out the design, I gently swiped it with my Whisper White Craft ink pad. 

The finishing touch is some Braided Linen Trim...happily this is hanging around, and will be in our new Catalogue!

I hope you like my card! Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Paper Pumpkin is Here!

The day has come! The Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit is available for purchase now! The exact contents of the kit is a surprise—but we do know that it is elegant, beautiful and one of a kind. If you’re a fan of all things Stampin’ Up!, you won’t want to miss this global, limited-time exclusive.

These kits will move fast, and they’re only available while supplies last.

What is Paper Pumpkin?
Paper Pumpkin is coming to Australia! In the US, it is a subscription service, where a new kit is delivered to your door every month. Although we aren't getting the subscription, we do have a chance to join in the fun with a one-off kit in May. Shelli Gardner, board chair and cofounder of Stampin’ Up!, has partnered with Paper Pumpkin to create a limited edition, nature-focused, Shelli-inspired kit.  
The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant and feminine, and full of beautiful natural details. And the box it comes in? There's no way that's going in the recycling bin!

The Paper Pumpkin kit can be ordered from the 15th May (#152032) for $37.00 (+shipping and handling)

The Shelli kit from Paper Pumpkin includes the following:

  • An exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else
  • One Classic Stampin’ Spot® from our Classic ink collection
  • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs)
  • 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes
  • Adhesives and embellishments for all 12 cards
Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colours: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock (new In Color!), Soft Suede and Very Vanilla

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

It's Blog Hop Time Again!

Welcome once again to the Stampers Anonymous Team Blog Hop! Our theme this month is Retiring Items.

My first thought when I heard about the theme was 'Lovely as a Tree'. It's been around nearly as long as I have (I've been a Demonstrator since May 2006 and it first made an appearance in our 2007-8 Annual Catalogue). But, it's time to say goodbye to this Old Timer (the stamp set, not me!!).

I was inspired by the sunset from my Stamp Room window for this card. I made my sunset using Sponge Brayers on Glossy cardstock (this is also retiring). I used So Saffron, Night of Navy and Poppy Parade. I stamped the trees in Black Stazon ink, and then masked off the top, so I could sponge the ground in black.

I stamped my sentiment (from another retiring tree set, Sheltering Tree) in Versamark ink on Basic Black cardstock, sprinkled with Copper Embossing Powder, and heat set. I added a Copper Leaves Trinket, and a Linen Thread bow for embellishment (happily, these are both hanging around).

My background paper is from the Classic Garage Paper Pack (also retiring). It was a little too grey, so I darkened the tone by swiping my Black inkpad across it.

Make sure you check out what everyone else has made with Retiring Items. You can make the complete circuit and see all the lovely creations by following the links at the end of each post.

Well, that’s all from me. Thanks for stopping by! Click on the button below to move to the next stop:

If you happen to lose your way here’s a list of all the participants:
1. Nikki Stalker
2. Marelle Taylor (you are here!)
3. Kylie Page
4. Kerry Bunting
5. Sharon Wilson
6. Elizabeth Yager
7. Juanita Chong

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