Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hawaii Grand Vacation Swap Card

I thought you all might like to see my Grand Vacation swap card, which is also a Sneak Peak from the upcoming new Annual Catalogue!

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to use this gorgeous new stamp set called Garden in Bloom. I was also sent the co-ordinating English Garden Designer Series Paper. The reason I was sent these gorgeous new products is so that I could demonstrate them for all the top Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from the US, Canada and the South pressure!!
On the Grand Vacation we have a 'Share Fair' and I was one of the 8 Demonstrators chosen to demo some new products.
And how could I resist using the stamp set for my swap cards? It's so much fun to play with new stamps!
The colours I've used on this card are Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, Hello Honey and Shimmery White.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Painted Petals Card Set

One of my favourite stamp sets from the Occasions Catalogue would definitely have to be Painted Petals. It's such a pretty stamp set and I'm a bit devastated that it doesn't make an appearance in our New Annual Catalogue. That means you only have until June 2 to purchase this set.
I liked this simple card so much that I decided to make it in a whole bunch of colours:

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Adventure Bound Traveler!

I thought I would schedule a few blog posts while I'm in Hawaii, just so you don't miss me too much ;o)
It seemed appropriate to show you this "Adventure Bound" card while I'm off on Hawaii adventures:

...And even more appropriate that I've teamed it with the Traveler stamp set! The Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack has lots of fun photographic prints that really add a little something different to your creations.
I decided to stamp my ship on vellum so the ocean shows through, and what better to frame it than a porthole? I made my 'porthole' using Circle framelits and Silver Mini Brads.
This would make a great retirement or Bon Voyage card, or even just a masculine birthday card.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

My Convention Swap

I had an amazing time last week at the Stampin' Up! South Pacific Convention on the Gold Coast...Thanks to my awesome team and customers, I was even lucky enough to take home a couple of awards :o)
I arrived home last Sunday, and have barely had time to draw breath since then. The week has flown by, and I can hardly believe that tomorrow Dave and I will be flying out to Hawaii! This is for the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip that I earned last year, again with the help of my wonderful team and customers. I will be toasting you all with a couple of Pina Coladas, and posting updates to my facebook page.
Swapping is such a fun part of Convention and the Incentive Trip. This year, with the 2 so close together, my house has been a hive of swap-making activity!
Here's my simple (but hopefully still cute!) swap from Convention:

I made 50 of these, and came home with 50 inspiring swap cards from 50 lovely ladies.
Even though my card is simple, I tried to include a couple of 'wows' - I wrapped the Beach House Washi Tape around the back of my piece of cardstock and then punched just half a butterfly, which I then flipped and attached with Dimensionals. I also stamped my greeting on the Washi Tape, using Black Stazon ink.
Hopefully all the ladies I swapped with liked my card!

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Rock 'n' Roll Technique video

Who doesn't love a little rock 'n' roll? It's an oldie, but a goodie - The Rock 'n' Roll Technique. Check out the quick 40 second video:

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Occasions Catalogue Retiring Products

Lots of items from the Occasions Catalogue won't be making an appearance in our new Annual Catalogue. These items are only available until June 2, so you'll need to order them by then so you don't miss out!

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Note that I have only listed the clear and photopolymer stamps, but the wood-mount version (where available) will also be retiring.

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Wednesday, May 06, 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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Monday, May 04, 2015

Retirement List and Sold Out Items

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

239         133946  Nuts about You (Clear)
80           133089  Baby, We've Grown (Clear)
56           126422  Blooming with Kindness (Clear)
56           131961  Blooming with Kindness (Wood)
172         126532  By the Seashore (Clear)
105         126497  Embellished Events (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)
200         116802  Embellishments Sweet Treat Cups
206         131206  Ribbon Taffeta 1/8"  Bermuda Bay
213         128980  Stampin' Emboss Powder Early Espresso
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
210         118772  Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
182         119681  Stampin' Write Marker Cherry Cobbler
183         120967  Stampin' Write Marker Crumb Cake
182         100069  Stampin' Write Marker Night of Navy
180         105115  Stampin' Write Marker Pumpkin Pie
180         120970  Stampin' Write Marker Rich Razzleberry
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         124284  Card Stock 12" x 12" Old Olive
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         124917  Card Stock A4 Brushed Gold
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         130134  Designer Series Paper Stack Backgrounds Brights
185         130139  Designer Series Paper Stack Backgrounds Regals
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 4 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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Friday, May 01, 2015

Bow Builder Gift

I'm currently enjoying Stampin' Up! Convention on the Gold Coast (If you'd like to see what we're getting up to, I'm posting Convention updates on my facebook page). Thanks to the wonders of technology, I've scheduled this post so you won't miss me too much ;o)
Here's another cute and quick card using the Bow Builder Punch (and another great way to use some scraps of Designer Series Paper).

All you need to do is cut a square piece of patterned paper, and a small strip in a contrasting colour. Then top your 'present' off with a bow!
I've used a very simple layout, and positioned my greeting inside a punched-out oval. Easy Peasy!
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bows for Boys

Who says Bows are just for girls? The Bow Builder Punch makes a great bow tie for a masculine card. I've made a tuxedo for my card. This would make a great card for an 18th or 21st, or for a James Bond fan!
The centre panel has been made using the Banners Framelits, and the buttons are Rhinestones.
Very simple, but stylish! (Well, I think so!)

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Bows for Baby

This week I thought I would show you some cards I have made using the Bow Builder Punch. It's such a cute little punch, and makes perfect paper bows, every time.
I've used 3 bows on this card to make a quick and cute baby card. It's a great way to make use of scrap Designer Series Paper.

TIP: Glue Dots work well to put these bows together, but I've got an even easier method - brads. Just pierce a small hole through the centre of the bow, and thread the pieces onto a brad! I've added a little flower to the centre too.

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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 
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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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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 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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