Friday, November 17, 2017

November 2017 OnStage Projects

One of the perks of being a demonstrator and attending Stampin' Up! OnStage events is we get to see products before they are released to the public and get to play with them too. 


















Here is a card made with products coming up in the NEW Occasions Catalogue.

This gorgeous card is made using the Petal Passion Suite. The DSP is so cute and we coloured in some of the little flowers to tie it into the colour scheme even more.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Introducing the STAMPARATUS

I just attended OnStage on the weekend and there are lots of new products coming soon - with the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration.
But the big news is a product that has been in the planning for a while after taking lots of demonstrators advice - announcing the Stamparatus! 
Best thing is I can get Stampin' Up! to put one aside for you so you can get it early, and not have to wait until the new annual catalogue is next launched. Check it out. Let me know so I can pre-order it for you. So exciting!!

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it! Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$85.00 AUD/$99.00 NZD


Friday, November 10, 2017

Pick A Pattern - ATC Size Swap Card

Excitement is reaching very high levels here in Melbourne today as tomorrow is the Stampin' Up! OnStage event - something demonstrators look forward to with great delight twice a year.

No travelling for us this time around as Melbourne is one of the locations.

Many demonstrators participate in card swaps - it really is a hype of activity, particularly at
the start. Just imagine 400 people all trying to contain their excitement and greeting friends you don't get to see in person too often.

I participate in an organised team swap where we exchange ATC sized cards 3" x 4" (like swap card size). This time around I have used the Pick A Pattern Suite. 

My colours were simple - Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Whisper White. My favourite feature of the entire card would have to be the little bear. He is inked up in Basic Black and Watercoloured in Crumb Cake Ink but using the Wink of Stella Glitter pen - mix those two together and he became a shimmery gold. I added some DSP, Ribbon, Twine and Washi Tape to give the card a few extra layers. 20 swap cards with a bit of fussy cutting is a challenge but I think it add a great dimension to the cards.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Christmas In The Making - November Craft Class

Christmas is just around the corner, it is a bit scary how close actually. 

In my craft class this month we will be using the stamp set Christmas In The Making from the Occasions Catalogue. I know I have featured this stamp set a couple of times, however the attendees to my craft class are desperate to make some cards using this stamp set. So as the saying goes.....give the people what they want....


If you would like to join us in this class please find below the details. Look forward to hearing from you.

We will be making cards using the gorgeous Christmas In The Making stamp set. Please bring along your paper trimmer and aqua pens, all supplies included in the cost. 


Where: Nicole's place, Mitcham Victoria
When: Friday 3rd November 2017
Time: 7 - 9:30pm
Cost: $20

Places are limited to 8, please book early to avoid disappointment. Hope to see you there.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bella and Friends

I have been playing with the new Stampin’ Blends pens that will be available from Stampin’ Up! in November.

Features of the alcohol pens are:

  • Add just the right amount of colour where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point. 
  • Each colour (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack. 
  • In-house testing has been done for evaporation and life testing and are really happy with the results, so you can feel confident sharing them with your customers. 
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation. 
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting colour.

For this card I used the Bella and Friends stamp set. This is a great set for colouring in. I have used the Bermuda Bay and Pink Pirouette pen sets. You can see the depths of colour achieved - especially with the balloon. I am sure with a bit more practice I can get even better results - fingers crossed.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wedding Card - Large Letters Framelits


A fellow colleague is getting married this weekend and of course we need to give him a card. I wanted to keep the card simple yet masculine so I went with a grey and white theme.

I used the old faithful Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Basic Gray and Smoky Slate. I then used the large letter framelits to pop out my message - to create the increasingly popular Eclipse card technique. This was all finished off over a Smoky Slate card base with coordinating Gingham Ribbon and some bling. 

Of course one of my favourite Stampin' Up! items - Wink of Stella - had to make an appearance, I highlighted each letter with it (as shown in the photo above).

Being such a large card I custom made an envelope out of some retired DSP. I am happy to report my coworkers were very impressed and eager to sign such a lovely card.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Picture 2 Page Show - Pick a Pattern Suite

I think my aging body is still recovering from a big day at the Picture to Page show last weekend. The show goes over the weekend and many, many people come to visit to stock up and investigate new craft products and ideas.

On our Stampin' Up! stand we had a make and take project as well as running 2 classes each day. Stampin' Up! has such a great range of products so our ideas and projects were well received.

My sample board featured the very cute Pick a Pattern Suite. We replicated each suite from this year's catalogue to make our booth walls appear like pages out of the catalogue - this was a great way to showcase products 'in real life'.

I also made some card samples of this suite as well. A little bit of fussy cutting and some very cute samples were created from ideas I cased.

Afterwards we drove down to Daniel's Donuts and indulged after a day of hard work - a well deserved reward. Then everyone geared up for day 2 of the show.






Monday, October 16, 2017

Merry Little Christmas DSP

This Christmas card was made using a piece of the Merry Little Christmas DSP - a good set to buy at the moment with the buy 3 get 1 free promotion.

I love the simplicity of the message on an oval cut using the Stitched Framelits die from Crumb Cake cardstock, mounted on a Basic Black oval. 

The card base is Basic Black and the card is finished off with Black Solid Baker's Twine.

An effective Christmas card that would be extremely good to make in bulk to send out. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Christmas In The Making

Christmas is only 2 or so months away - time to start on some cards.

I have used lots of bits and pieces to put this card together - just building it up bit by bit.

  • Embossing folder is Softly Falling. 
  • Card stock is Real Red and Whisper White. 
  • Stamp set is Christmas in the Making.
  • DSP is Merry Little Christmas.
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the decoration.
  • Lady is stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. 
  • Emerald Envy crinkled seam binding ribbon.
  • Vellum.
  • Delicate White Doilies. 
  • Aqua painter.
  • Real Red, Emerald Envy and Basic Black inks.
  • Basic Jewels.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Birthday Delivery meets Merry Little Christmas

I was having a play around and decided I have not made a Real Red card for a very long time (shock horror). 

So I decided to mash up a few different stamp sets and occasions.

In this card I have used the Birthday Delivery stamp set, message from Colorful Seasons and DSP from Merry Little Christmas set.

This little poodle is so 'regal' looking and I based the colours of it on those crazy dogs you see advertised for dog shows in all of the fancy colours.

I also used a circle of Glimmer Paper (behind the circle - stitched framelit) that I coloured with Basic Black ink, to get a coordinating piece of sparkle.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Love a Bargain????



Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper. By popular demand, Stampin' Up! are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogues. And they're even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale! So take advantage of this excellent opportunity to buy lots and lots of pretty paper.

Click here to view the flyer

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stampin' Up! World Card Making Day Specials

Check out these fantastic specials - just for 1 - 10th October 2017. Contact me to order your items.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Colorful Seasons

For my class this month we are making 3 cards using the currently popular Eclipse technique. Each card is a stepped up version of the last - just to show how you can change a simple card into something a little more special. The stamp set featured in these cards is the Colorful Seasons, which is teamed with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die. 


I have kept the colours very simple using the Shimmery White and Tranquil Tide card and ink. 

The only other items used to make this card are a piece of Pool Party card and some Vellum for the message and circles from the Stitched Framelits dies. 




For the stepped up versions I have added Pearl Accents and used the Fine Tip Glue pen as an embosser to feature some of the leaves.


This image shows the detail using the Fine Tip Glue pen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Demonstrator Team Night

Susan Stork-Finlay

For our team's monthly get together we make 3 Make and Takes this time around.

The idea is to share a simple design that can easily be utilised in classes or demonstrations.

These are the cards we made.

The card on the left was designed by Susan Stork-Finlay and uses the Climbing Orchid Stamp set. I just love the font on the message in this stamp set. Lots of cutting out dies with the Big Shot for this card.

Janine Rawlins


Janine Rawlins' card uses the very popular Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy punch. It features the Gold Faceted Gems as the centre of the flower.
Fleur Llewelyn




Fleur Llewelyn's card uses another very popular stamp set - Birthday Delivery. This set comes with a coordinating die set as well to save yourself all of that fussy cutting. This stamp set is effective just stamped or coloured in as well.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Embossing Paste


For this month's craft class I was trialing the new Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste. This comes in a tub, is white and the consistency of toothpaste. It is applied with a plastic spatula. The thing to remember is that this paste is fast drying, therefore it is a good idea to wash off all instruments used immediately so it is not like concrete.


To achieve individual colours I simply mixed in a drop of my desired reinker colour.


I have used the Decorative Mask SU template sheets for the patterns. The colours I mixed in are Bermuda Bay ink and Melon Mambo ink. 

This product could become a bit addictive, particularly if you are like me and love to add dimension to your cards. There are some lovely ideas on the internet where people have made their own masking sheets - an endless opportunity.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Craft Class

We will be making cards using the new Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste. Please bring along your paper trimmer, all supplies included in the cost.

Places are limited to 8. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Hope to see you there.

Where: Nicole's Place, Mitcham Victoria
When:  Friday 8th September 2017
Time:  7-9.30pm
Cost:  $20

Monday, August 28, 2017

Birthday Delivery

Whilst I had some time off work recently I had a couple of crafting days with some of my friends/fellow SU demonstrators. This is a good time to use each others stamps that we may have not purchased ourselves yet.


I got to use the gorgeous set Birthday Delivery. This is a reasonably large stamp set with 23 stamps in the set. It also has a matching die cut set. A great set to try out some colouring and water colouring. 



With this type of stamp set I love to use minimalist colouring and feature a little bit of colour to make it a highlight. I matted Whisper White Cardstock onto a Pool Party card base. I used an oval from the Stitched Framelits set to feature the character I was using.



Basically the only colour I added was watercolouring with Basic Gray and then a touch of Real Red. I love the effect this produced - giving each card some clean lines. 




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unicorn Birthday Card

My niece recently turned 7 years old and loves everything unicorn at the moment - even her birthday cake was a unicorn.

There was no question that I had to buy her a soft toy unicorn as her gift. Therefore, naturally I had to make her a unicorn card to go with it all. At the age of 7, as with so many little girls, her favourite colours are pink and purple.

I have used some of the Glimmer paper that was a special release for this year's Sale-a-bration to add her must have glitter. I also white embossed the body of the unicorn and finished the mane and tail off with Wink of Stella.




From the mount of babes - 'You make all of your own cards? You never buy a card? Your cards are so good I thought you always bought them for me?'

Yep!! I am the favourite Aunty for this week (again).


Sunday, August 20, 2017

CASEing The Catty 142 - Love and Sympathy



Welcome to the CASEing The Catty Sunday Blog Hop for this week which is CASEing from the Love and Sympathy section of the catalogue, pages 86 - 101. I am honoured to be a guest designer this week.


I decided to use the image and colours from a card on page 86 and create my own version.



Swapping out the stamp set to use the very cute and versatile SU hostess set In The City. This set comes with so many images and a real variety of words that can suit so many occasions. 


To make this card I used a base of Pear Pizzazz card stock which I embossed. I stamped my selected images onto Whisper White card and coloured them in with inks. As I did not have any coordinating patterned paper on hand I made my own with Crushed Curry ink - just randomly adding splotches of colour with the now retired (and favourite) stamp set Gorgeous Grunge. I also made my own version of a ribbon using Pear Pizzazz card stock which I worked between my fingers to break the fibres, therefore softening the card stock. I then finished this with Wink of Stella.

To finish the card off I used a few accents to add a bit of dimension to a card with  Dimensionals Wink of Stella, Fine Tip Glue and a gold Faceted Gem. Personally I like all of my cards to 'pop' off the page - I find this adds to the texture and individualisation of a hand crafted card.

I have included some smaller pictures here to show the extra detail on my made patterned paper and home made ribbon. As well as the 3D feature items like the plane that are done using the fine tip glue. I used this on the trees and cars as well.

I hope you like my case on the card featured in the catalogue and continue to enjoy your journey through the Blog Hop. Next up is the very talented Angela Meiritz-Reid. Please join in the challenge and post your photos to the Facebook page.











Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Christmas In The Making

I love most things retro and vintage, therefore this brand new Stampin' Up! stamp set Christmas In The Making is set to become a favourite of mine - it was the first item I absolutely had to buy from the new Holiday Catalogue.

We had a demonstrator team night tonight and I volunteered to share a make and take with everyone - I just had to use this set.


The card background is an in-colour Tranquil Tide card stock with a Vellum circle stamped in Melon Mambo ink. To get this design I used the tree leaves from the Sheltering Tree set. The Whisper White circle has been cut using one of the Stitched Framelits dies. 

The embossing has been done with the Softly Falling embossing folder - just turned 90 degrees to give it a different look.

The lady from the Christmas In The Making stamp set is water coloured in Tranquil Tide and Melon Mambo. I have used Wink of Stella on her dress and given some features a 3D effect using the Fine Tip Glue. 

Finishing details include Rhinestones, Silver Wire Thread and a Melon Mambo banner. 

I think she is so cute I am going to be hesitant to give this card away. I hate when that happens as I end up with a stock pile of cards that have no new home. Definitely a habit I need to work on.