Sunday, April 26, 2015

Retirement List and Sold Out Items






Lots of items have sold out already. The following products are no longer available to order:


Stamps
239         133946  Nuts about You (Clear)
80           133089  Baby, We've Grown (Clear)
172         126532  By the Seashore (Clear)
171         133976  Forever Floral (Clear)
106         126557  From My Heart (Clear)
122         128652  Love & Sympathy (Wood)
175         129499  Pleasant Poppies (Clear)
139         129708  Polka-Dot Pieces (Clear)
39           126397  Postage Due (Clear)
159         126747  Stippled Blossoms (Clear)
8              134525  Sumthin' Sumthin' (Clear)
31           126562  The Great Outdoors (Clear)
Embellishments
200         116802  Embellishments Sweet Treat Cups
Ink
179         131163  Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Baked Brown Sugar
179         131164  Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Coastal Cabana
179         131165  Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Crisp Cantaloupe
179         131166  Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Pisatchio Pudding
179         131167  Classic Stampin' Ink Refill In Color Strawberry Slush
183         131168  Classic Stampin' Ink Refills Neutrals
211         134809  Encore Ink Refill Metallic Gold
211         134810  Encore Ink Refill Metallic Silver
182         119681  Stampin' Write Marker Cherry Cobbler
183         120967  Stampin' Write Marker Crumb Cake
180         105115  Stampin' Write Marker Pumpkin Pie
180         120970  Stampin' Write Marker Rich Razzleberry
Paper
181         131194  Card Stock 12 x 12 Blushing Bride
179         131195  Card Stock 12 x 12 In Color 2013-2015
182         124272  Card Stock 12" x 12" Cherry Cobbler
183         124274  Card Stock 12" x 12" Crumb Cake
180         124275  Card Stock 12" x 12" Daffodil Delight
183         124276  Card Stock 12" x 12" Early Espresso
181         124279  Card Stock 12" x 12" Marina Mist
182         124282  Card Stock 12" x 12" Night of Navy
180         124289  Card Stock 12" x 12" Pumpkin Pie
180         124290  Card Stock 12" x 12" Real Red
180         124292  Card Stock 12" x 12" Rich Razzleberry
183         124301  Card Stock 12" x 12" Very Vanilla
179         131293  Card Stock A4 & Classic Stampin' Pads In Color Kit 2013-2015
179         131301  Card Stock A4 Baked Brown Sugar
193         124918  Card Stock A4 Brushed Silver
179         131302  Card Stock A4 Coastal Cabana
179         131303  Card Stock A4 Crisp Cantaloupe
193         108630  Card Stock A4 Naturals Ivory
179         131299  Card Stock A4 Pistachio Pudding
179         131300  Card Stock A4 Strawberry Slush
185         130139  Designer Series Paper Stack Backgrounds Regals
Tools
232         113463  Big Shot Die Bigz Top Note
219         119858  Punch Boho Blossoms
222         119882  Punch Border Scallop Edge
221         120908  Punch Oval Small
199         134808  Undefined Stamp Carving Replenishment

Only 6 weeks until our new Catalogue is released, 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. Many items are heavily discounted and all are only available while stocks last.

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.

I think the easiest way to view what's retiring is in the Online Store (make sure you check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack while you're there!)

You can also view the Retiring  List HERE

Some items are discounted by 50% ...but you'd better get in quick!

Note: our Current Annual Catalogue ends on June 2, NOT June 30 as stated on the Catalogue. The New Annual Catalogue will be online on June 2.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop


Welcome to our Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Dawn Griffith's blog and are visiting me for the first time, Welcome! ...and I hope it won't be your last visit.

This tour has a Hawaiian theme, and will take you to blogs from around the world, so grab a cuppa (or maybe a Pina Colada!) and get ready to get Hawaiian with us!

Without further ado, here's my 'aloha' card:


At first the lack of Hawaiian-themed stamps stumped me, but once I started to think outside the box, I realised I could do some creative re-spelling with my thinlits:


I used "hello" and "happy" to spell "aloha" (the extra 'a' I needed was also from the 'happy' thinlit). I made my letters all shiny with Crystal Effects.

I also decided to make a pretty punch-art Hibiscus:


I used the Blossom Punch to punch a flower from Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock and snipped down each petal to separate them a bit more, and then overlapped two of the petals to make a 5-petal flower. I stamped the 'Build a Bouquet' flower centre in Calypso Coral, and sponged in Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry. To make the stamen, I placed some Sticky Strip onto a narrow piece of Crushed Curry cardstock, and rolled it into a tube. I snipped some Hello Honey quilted ribbon into shreds and glued them on to the stamen with Multipurpose Glue. I punched a small hole in the flower centre and secured the stamen at the back. I curled the petals with my Bone Folder.


To make my background, I stamped some of the 'Build a Bouquet' elements all over a piece of Shimmery White cardstock in Versamark ink, and clear embossed them. After it was heat-set, I stamped over the top using the same images, this time in Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry. I then 'filled in the gaps' by sponging all over in Crisp Cantaloupe....Voila, a 'tropical' background!

I hope you liked my creation. Your next stop is Dena Rekow's blog. Enjoy!

   

Blog Hop List

1. Brian King  
13. Dena Rekow 
15. Alisa Tilsner  
16. Tami White 
18. Bec Ross 
19. Ann Craig 
 26. Betty Button 
Thanks for stopping by!


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sheltering Tree Stamp-a-Stack


Sheltering Tree would have to be my most-used stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue. It's such a versatile set.
We're making this set of cards in this week's Stamp-a-stack classes. The colours I've used are Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Hello Honey and Blushing Bride. I've also used the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.
To make the 'leaves' on the Hello Honey card, I've punched flowers from the Itty Bitty Accent punch, and snipped them into quarters to make leaves.
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This Week's Deals

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


 
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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Monday, April 20, 2015

Painted Petals Stamp-a-Stack

I'm back to classes this week, but for one week only - next week I'm off to Stampin' Up! Convention on the Gold Coast. Then a week after that, my hubby and I are off on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii for the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation (it's a tough life, I tell ya! ;)


I wanted to squeeze in a Stamp-a-Stack Class before all that jet-setting and excitement....and I wanted to showcase the Retiring In Colors. On this set of cards, I've used all 5 colours. I'm going to miss these gelato tones, especially Coastal Cabana (you all know I'm a blue-green girl!).
I think these pretty colours work really well with the Painted Petals stamp set. I hope my class ladies this week like them!
These colours will definitely be on the Retirement List (released tomorrow) and then will be available only while stocks last. Make sure you stock up on any that you need right away.


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bye Bye In Colors



The Retirement List will be released on April 21...that's this Tuesday! We never know what stamps, tools and accessories Stampin' Up! will be retiring each year, but one thing we do know is that one batch of In Colors will be disappearing. This year, we say goodbye to Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.

Which one will you miss most? For me, it's Coastal Cabana, for sure *sniff!*

I'd recommend stocking up on your favourites now, before the list is released. These always sell out quickly, particularly the ink refills and cardstock. You can click on the picture above to go directly to my store, or click on any of the individual products below. You are also welcome to email me your order any time.


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Decorative Masks and Sponge Daubers

Here's a 35 second video showcasing 2 of the bargain products in our catalogue.
I sell lots of the masks and daubers to beginner crafters. For $4.95 you get 2 masks and $8.95 gets you a pack of daubers. Then all you need is some cardstock and an inkpad and you're ready to go. Check it out:


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bonus Bundles - Only One Day Left!

Just a reminder that these Bonus Bundles finish TOMORROW!
















What's better than finding coordinating products? That's right - getting coordinating products at a discount! Stampin' Up! are offering five bonus bundles at 15% off, only available 1 April-17 April. You will love these hand-selected products, and it's undeniable that they simply belong together. Plus, they're perfect for making creativity easy and fun, but hurry - these amazing bundles won't be around forever. They are discounted only until April 17.



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Stamping with Embossing Folders

If you have a spare 2 minutes, you might like to check out the latest Technique video from Stampin' Up!



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Only 2 Days Left to Sale-a-Brate!


This would have to be one of my favourite layouts to use on a card....and it works for almost any stamp set. Pop your image inside a large circle, and pop your sentiment on a banner (I use the hexagon punch to make the 'v' for my banner). Choose a co-ordinating piece of Designer Series Paper, and a piece of ribbon, and you are done. Easy Peasy!

This pretty lemon is from one of the Sale-a-Bration stamp sets, so it is available until the 31st March and then gone forever....that's TOMORROW!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tag Topper Bunny Box

Last year the very talented Michelle Last made some very cute Easter Bunny Boxes and I filed them away for future use. Here's my version:


Lots of punches used here! I think most of it is pretty self-explanatory, but here are a few little tips:
* To make the inner part of the ear, punch the ovals, and then re-insert and punch the sides to make a narrower oval.
* The Modern Label Punch makes perfect arms
* Use half an Extra-Large Oval for the basket, and snip to make a flat base

I've used the Sale-a-Bration Best Year Ever Paper and ribbons....there are only a couple of days left to get your hands on these!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cheerful Critter Easter Bunny


I think I've said it before, but I love the Cheerful Critters stamp set. It's not an Easter-themed set, but it does have a bunny and a chick in it, so it works well! Here's the bunny, holding up his Easter sign (made using the Crazy About You stamp set).
To make the Easter Egg Holder 'throne', just score a 21 x 6cm piece of cardstock at 1, 6, 7.5 and 12.5cm. To assemble, just fold along the score lines and then adhere the 1cm panel to the back. Before you do this, you will need to punch a hole for your egg to sit in. I used the 1-1/4" Circle for mine, but you can adjust that, depending on the size egg you use.
Maybe I'd better make a couple of these for the nieces and nephew too!


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Curvy Easter Bunny

One of my favourite dies would have to be the Curvy Keepsake Box. You can make so many cute things with it. Here's a little Easter Bunny that I came up with, using some punches:


It's perfect to fill with a few Easter treats. To make this little guy, you just need to use the Owl Punch for the eyes and nose, and a circle punch for the cheeks (with Smoky Slate marker freckles). The ears are made using the Oval Punch. To make the inner ears, punch 2 ovals from Blushing Bride cardstock and then re-insert them into the punch and punch again, taking a sliver off the sides to make them narrower. I think I'll be whipping up a few of these for my nieces and nephew!


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Watercolour Technique Videos

Stampin' Up! have just added some quick watercolouring technique videos to their Youtube channel. Each one is only 1-2 minutes long, and there's no dialogue, so you can either bop along to the music (or watch out in public with the sound switched off!). Check them out:









I think the only thing more relaxing than colouring is watching someone else colour!
And don't forget .....  Sale-a-Bration finishes in just over a week!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Nana's 90th Birthday


A very special lady in my life turned 90 a couple of weeks ago...my lovely Nana. This card was definitely a labour of love, and she's worth every minute! I made all the flowers using Natural Filter Paper, which I spritzed in some soft pretty colours, and then cut out using the Spiral flower die and flower punches. I made the leaves using the Bird Builder Punch.
Here's a close-up:


The background is Sahara Sand, which I have also sponged to give it a vintage feel. It's definitely not a card to send through the mail.... I was able to give it to her at the family celebratory lunch we had for her.

And here's my beautiful Nana, not looking a day over 80!

Nana hit a hurdle after her big day, and is still in hospital with a liver blockage. We're hoping she'll be able to go back home soon.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More bang for your Buck!


Now there's even more to choose from during the last 2 weeks of Sale-a-Bration. We are truly spoilt for choice!

Just to make it clear, spend $90 (from any Catalogue) and you can choose any of the above items, OR any of the items in the Sale-a-Bration brochure OR any of the 4 items in the Second Release Flyer. Decisions, Decisions!
Don't forget - Sale-a-Bration ends 31st March.

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Sidestep Birthday Cake


This is the other Fun Fold we are making in this week's classes...a Sidestep card with a tiered cake, complete with candles. And check out the awesome Chalkboard effect that you get with the new Chalkboard Paper and Chalk inks...love it!



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Centre Step Fold


Happy Monday!
This week in my Technique Classes we are doing some fun folds, as well as playing with the new Chalk Inks and Chalkboard Paper. This is a Centre Step Fold. It's one of those techniques that looks tricky and quite impressive, but is actually quite simple when you know how.
I won't say any more, so as not to ruin the surprise for my ladies this week!


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Big Day Stamp-a-Stack



Here's the other set of cards we are making in this week's classes...something a bit more masculine, perfect for any of the men in your life, even those tricky-to-design-for teenagers!
The Big Day Sale-a-Bration set is getting plenty of use in my house...it's such an easy one to design with.
I've used another Sale-a-Bration set -  Best Day Ever for the background stamping, and the Party Pennants Die to cut the shapes.
I often like to use a neutral background, and just some 'pops' of bright colours. Using all brights can be a bit overwhelming. The colours I've used here are Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Crazy About You Stamp-a-Stack

Here are some of the cards we are making in this week's class:


I'm loving all the products I've used on these cards. I've paired the Best Year Ever Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper with some of my favourite goodies from the Occasions Catalogue. The Hello You thinlits and co-ordinating stamp set do most of the work, along with the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.

To make the pocket that the tags slide into, take a 6" x 3" piece of DSP and cut it at an angle across the middle. This makes 2 pockets, in the perfect size to fit your tags.


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Friday, March 06, 2015

Easy as 1, 2. 3


Here's a quick and easy card, inspired by page 18 of the Occasions Catalogue. The background piece is the Painted Blooms DSP, so it really is a card you can whip up in just a few minutes, with only a few supplies - 1 stamp set, a pack of markers and some washi tape.
I love having a design like this up my sleeve, for those last-minute occasions that crop up.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Amy's Pick


The Cheerful Critters stamp set was Amy's pick from the Occasions Catalogue. I have to admit that I wasn't that sold on it, but at $25.95 for the set of 8 stamps, I couldn't really argue too hard! And whaddaya know...I love it! It's come in handy too - I've made some Easter treats with the bunny and this chickie (the words from the Crazy About You stamp set can spell out 'Happy Easter', and they fit perfectly inside the little sign).
I'm normally a straight-and-square cardmaker, but I've been enjoying some jaunty angles lately. It's good to step out of your comfort zone every so often.
I've just used a small piece of ribbon and an epoxy sticker for embellishment on this card. It always amazes me how something so small can make such a difference to the overall design.


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