Monday, December 11, 2017

Not Just Cards

When making your Christmas cards this year - don't stop there. I always decorate my gifts as well. It doesn't matter what the gift is, I find the appeal of a beautifully presented gift is really appreciated by the recipient.

On this gift I have used plain brown paper to wrap the gift, patterned double-sided paper on the front of the gift attached with coordinating washi tape and then a belly band of patterned paper. The entire gift is then tied up with ribbon and finished off which a matching piece of twine. 

Generally I would also either decorate the envelope for the card with the same washi tape or make a coordinating tag to tie on.

Merry Christmas. (See this book has just taken a step up in the gift giving category.)

Friday, December 8, 2017

More Christmas Cards

To carry on the December theme here are a few more Christmas cards made in my monthly craft class.

This card uses the new Merry Little Labels bundle - stamps and coordinating punch. Just three colours combined to give a great visual effect - Old Olive, Basic Black and Whisper White. Matting the same colour onto the card front gve the card that little bit of elegance I was looking for.


For a fun little card I replicated a layout I say on Pinterest. It is an embossed piece of card which is then offset on the card front. I have used Smokey Slate on Whisper White. The little Santa is from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set with the coordinating punch.

I have finished off the beard and trim on Santa with the Wink of Stella pen, so he glitters.



My final card is a case of the card Stampin' Up! have released. It is a Bermuda Bay card base with DSP from the Merry Little Christmas set. The stamp set used is Merry Little Labels with the coordinating punch. 


I made the holly leaves using Lemon Lime Twist coloured card. I punched out an oval shape and used a small circle punch to clip off the edges.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Year-End Stampin' Up! Sales Event


The best way to get gifts you love for Christmas are to order them for yourself, wrap them up and pop them underneath the Christmas tree. Surprise!!

Retiring items from the 2017  holiday catalogue are available while supplies last.

Excess items from the 2017 annual catalogue are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.

This link will take you to the list of all of the retiring and surplus items featured in the Year-End Sales Event. 


Retiring products will no longer be available for purchase after 2 January 2018.

Some of the retiring items are probably on your holiday catalogue wish list and are on sale! Now is the perfect time to purchase the remaining items on their wish list.

Christmas Cards

It is getting to that time of year again where we madly make Christmas cards to send out to all of our friends.

In this month's craft class my participants got to make 5 cards as a Christmas special. I did pre-cut everything to make time not such an issue. 

These are 2 of my favourite cards that we made. 

The top card used a Basic Gray cardbase, topped with printed vellum, Smokey Slate Gray card, Foil Silver, Wire and some embellishments. I love Christmas, however I love simplicity overall so the clean cut lines of these cards are what appeals to me most.
The second card is very quick and easy, but effective - so would be great if you had a large number of cards to make.

It uses a Real Red card base and some DSP with a tag and a ribbon to finish it off. To add that little bit of 'pop' I attached the tag with dimensionals. Sadly after this class that was the last of this DSP I had so whoever I send this to is one special person.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bubble Over - Stampin' Up!


Bubble over is another new set due to come out in the next Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue. This has coordinating double-sided papers and some little 3D 'bubbles' that are really cute - making it look like the bottle is literally bubbling over.

This has a coordinating die set so eliminates all that fussy cutting for those people who don't like it. The precision is spectacular and allows you to make labels for your bottle and even a perforated straw to complete the look. 

Such a cute set that would be especially great I think for summer and specifically for kids parties. 



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Online Extravaganza Excitement!!!


More extravaganza excitement! Through 26 November, shop exclusive sales and deals on select items. Deals end 26 November 11:59 PM.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SPECIALS

Use this hostess code when ordering: 
PEHGZDYV 
and I will send you a small thank you gift for your order. Happy shopping.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Online Extravaganza

Stampin' Up! is having some incredible specials - the first of this promotion will be the 24-hour stamp sale. Select stamp sets will be 20% off for the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza. Stamp Sale starts 20 November 12:00 AM and ends 20 November 11:59 PM.
To close out Online Extravaganza with a bang, SU are offering a special 24-hour flash sale on 27 November, after other Online Extravaganza deals end on the 26th. Make sure to check back here for the announcement and more details!


ITEM #
DESCRIPTION
RETAIL PRICE
DISCOUNT PRICE
139891
Remarkable You Wood
$63.00 AUD/$75.00 NZD
$50.40 AUD/$60.00 NZD
139894
Remarkable You Clear
$45.00 AUD/$54.00 NZD
$36.00 AUD/$43.20 NZD
140643
Bloomin Love
$30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD
$24.00 AUD/$28.80 NZD
143775
Celebrate You Wood
$43.00 AUD/$52.00 NZD
$34.40 AUD/$41.60 NZD
143778
Celebrate You Clear
$31.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
$24.80 AUD/$45.60 NZD
142982
Cool Treats
$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
$37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
138682
You're so Sweet Wood
$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
$37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
139440
You're so Sweet Clear
$33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD
$26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
143949
Garden Girl Wood
$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
$37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
143952
Garden Girl Clear
$33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD
$26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
143740
Good Vibes Wood
$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
$37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
145080
Good Vibes Clear
$33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD
$26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
142871
Super Duper Wood
$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
$37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
142874
Super Duper Clear
$33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD
$26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
138764
Heartfelt Sympathy
$30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD
$24.00 AUD/$28.80 NZD
144865
Every Good Wish
$31.00 AUD/$38.00 NZD
$24.80 AUD/$30.40 NZD
144862
Every Good Wish
$44.00 AUD/$53.00 NZD
$35.20 AUD/$42.40 NZD
144870
Good Tidings
$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD
$29.60 AUD/$35.20 NZD
142954
Milestone Moments
$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD
$29.60 AUD/$35.20 NZD
143689
More than Chocolate
$30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD
$24.00 AUD/$28.80 NZD
140653
Number of Years
$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD
$37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
140386
Oh What Fun
$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD
$29.60 AUD/$35.20 NZD
141934
Touches of Texture Wood
$78.00 AUD/$94.50 NZD
$62.40 AUD/$75.60 NZD
143251
Touches of Texture Clear
$57.00 AUD/$69.00 NZD
$45.60 AUD/$55.20 NZD

New Products previewed at November 2017 OnStage

Another set of new products we previewed at the November 2017 OnStage event was the Sweet Soiree Suite.

This set includes some lovely metallic finishes. The paper looks great on the silver box - I can see lots of uses for this. 

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.