Thursday, April 18, 2019

Reserve Your Copy!

The countdown is on – only 6 weeks until the release of the new 2019-20 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue! I am lucky enough to have my own copy already, and believe me when I say it is absolutely chock-full of amazing new products and gorgeous samples and ideas.

Would you like a copy of your own? Just email me to register your interest for a FREE copy of the new catalogue. They are being shipped directly from the warehouse and you should receive your copy by the end of May, in time for the official release on June 4th.

To reserve your copy, simply email me with your address details by April 30*. If you have placed an order for $50 or more with me in 2019, you will receive your catalogue automatically (but please let me know if your address details have changed recently).

*After April 30, shipping the Catalogue will be $10, so make sure to reserve your copy before then!

Australian residents only. If you already have a Demonstrator that you purchase from, please contact them to receive your catalogue.

I will also be holding a New Catalogue Launch Party (more details will follow soon) for those who live locally.

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CCMC557 Vibrant Vases

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:

When I saw these 3 colours together, my first thought was Oh my goodness they are BRIGHT! But, that's why it's called a challenge, right?
I decided flowers would be perfect for these colours, so I pulled out the Vibrant Vases stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue. This co-ordinates with the Vases Builder Punch in the Annual Catalogue. I punched the vases but fussy-cut the flowers and leaves for this card. I love how they look on the Stitched Circle. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed with white powder.
The cute little stitched scallop border is from the Be Mine Stitched framelits (also in the Occasions Catalogue). The polka dot DSP is from the In Color patterns 6"x6" stack. I also added some Whisper White twine.
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, April 17, 2019

Piece of Cake Blues

This is my favourite of the batch of sweet cake cards that I made for some recent special birthdays. I love the blues in this pattern in the Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper.

I popped up the cake on Mini Dimensionals (cutting it out was easy, thanks to the Cake Builder punch). I stamped in Night of Navy ink and added a touch of colour using the Watercolour Pencils and Aquapainter. I love the touch of country charm added by the Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon.

Here are two of the designs together:

It's always fun sending out birthday Happy Mail!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The 2019 Retiring List

A Brand New Annual Catalogue is just around the corner (yes I've seen it, and yes, it's amazing!), and that means we have to make way for lots of lovely brand new products. So, it's time to say goodbye to some old favourites from the Annual Catalogue and Occasions Catalogue. Everything on the list is only available while stocks last.

Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after 9 May

I think the easiest way to view what's retiring is in the Online Store (make sure you check out the Clearance Rack while you're there!).
If you prefer, you can download and print out the PDF.
And click here for the Occasions Catalogue Retiring items PDF.

Note that for some of the stamp sets on this list, it is the wood-mount and clear-mount version that is retiring - they will appear in the new catalogue as a Cling version. You can see the carryover list HERE

The best way to make sure you don't miss out is to place your order in my Online Store.
All orders over $50 will be automatically added to my mailing list to receive a FREE copy of the New Catalogue (mail outs begin mid-May). If you prefer to email me your order, that's perfectly fine too.

Don't forget, once these products sell out, they are gone forever! Don't miss out!

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Retiring Items Heads-Up!

Our new Annual Catalogue is due out on June 4 (I've seen it and it's amazing!!), and the Retiring List will be out tomorrow. That means lots of items are being discontinued ...have you stocked up on your 2017-19 In Color refills and cardstock yet?

We have just been given a heads-up about some items that will NOT be featuring in our new Catalogue. You might like to stock up on these while you can:
  1. Due to some challenges with the manufacturer, the Stampin' Trimmer and its accessories will no longer be available. There is a new trimmer in the works, but it isn't ready just yet. Stampin' Up! hope to be able supply blades for the next 6 months, but there may be times where they are unorderable. From tomorrow (when the retiring list comes out) the blades will be limited to a purchase of 6 packs per order.
  2. The Big Shot will also not appear in our new catalogue. Stampin' Up! have parted with Sizzix, and will start to use their own manufacturer. The dies and folders in the new Catalogue will be slightly different (but will still work in all machines), but their own machine isn’t quite ready yet. So just a heads up if you need blades or plates for your Big Shot. Note that retiring dies may sell out before the end of the Catalogue period, and stock will not be replenished, so grab them while you can!

It's a lot to take in, so please let me know if you have any questions.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Come and Hop with us!

Welcome to another Stampers Anonymous Team Blog Hop! This month we have a Sketch Challenge. You can make the complete circuit and see all the lovely creations by following the links at the end of each post.

Here is my take on the sketch:

I decided to go a bit girly with this sketch. This gorgeous paper is from the All My Love DSP pack. The designs and colours in this pack are just so pretty! I've combined it with the Tea Together stamp set, just stamped in black on Whisper White cardstock. I cut out a flower from the DSP to dress it up a bit. I tried popping my cup on a few different colours of stitched circles, before finally settling on vellum. Everything else looked too much, but the vellum is soft and pretty.

The sentiment is also from the Tea Together stamp set.

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. Kerry Bunting 
3. Kristy Davy
4. Sharon Wilson
5. Elizabeth Yager
6. Kylie Page
7. Marelle Taylor (you are here!)
8. Meighan Wheller

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

CCMC556 Well Said

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:

I love the simplicity of this sketch, so I decided to keep my card pretty clean and simple. The little flower is from the Made to Bloom card kit, in the Occasions Catalogue. I coloured it with Blends.
I love the stamp set that goes with this kit, and I've used it a LOT. In my opinion, it's worth buying the kit just for the stamp set (although the cards and box are awesome too!). An added bonus is that the sentiment stamps work really well with all the cards in the Incredible Like You Kit too.
My colour combo here is Lovely Lipstick, Smoky Slate and Basic Grey (with a touch of Old Olive for the leaves). The sentiment is from the Well Said bundle (both the stamped and the die-cut word). I've also used the Polka Dot embossing folder and some Whisper White Flax ribbon. The Designer Series Paper is one of the Lovely Lipstick patterns from the 2018-20 Stack.
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, April 09, 2019

Stepped Up Bloom

Here is the stepped-up version of THIS card. I made just a few changes, but they really add an extra dimension.
Instead of leaving the background plain, I embossed it with the Dot to Dot folder. Instead of a plain rectangle, I made it a Stitched Rectangle. Instead of just stamping the sentiment, I also used a die. And instead of stamping the dots, I used Enamel Dot embellishments.

They are all simple changes, but it really steps up this card to the next level.
What do you think? Do you prefer Simple or Stepped Up?

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Sunday, April 07, 2019

Simple Bloom

We made this card at our recent Team Get-together. This is the simple version, using just stamps, ink and paper. It's a versatile card that would work for just about any occasion if you changed the sentiment to suit. The layout would work with many different stamp sets and Designer Series Papers too.

This simple version is perfect for beginner stampers, or those who don’t own a Big Shot, or even the more experienced of us who just need a quick no-fuss card. You could use any sentiment (I used one from the Made to Bloom All-inclusive Kit).

My colour combo is Night of Navy, Calypso Coral and Call me Clover (love these together!). I stamped off the smaller flower to get the lighter shade.

Next time I'll show you the stepped up version. Thanks for stopping by!

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