Friday, July 13, 2018

Thank You Notes

Recently I made some thank you cards for some amazing carers looking after members of my family. I used the brand new stamp set Tropical Chic. This also has great coordinating dies and double-sided paper called Tropical Escape.

The colours I have featured in these cards are Blushing Bride with Flirty Flamingo ink and retired Pear Pizazz and ink.

The Pearlized Doilies are a great feature and come in a packet of 24 - so many versatile uses for them.

So far in the new Stampin' Up! 2018-19 catalogue this is my favourite stamp set. I can already envisage many uses and future cards with it. Just think layer, upon layer, upon layer - like a jungle. A must for your collection.

Classes are currently on hold, but I hope to resume shortly. Apologies for now, but I hope you are creating at home and will have many new projects to share with me. If you want/need, (it is a very fine line when it comes to craft supplies), to place an order please contact me via email. Happy stamping!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Share What You Love

Desmond came up with this simple, yet elegant design at our recent team night. 

The card I made features the brand new (released today) Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. Th colours in this paper set are Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White. This allows for a myriad of cardstock coordination to suit all of your needs.

The Old Olive cardstock, highlighted with Basic Black and Whisper White add a clean finish to this design. A message, a bit of bling and ribbon and voila - you have a very versatile card for that someone having a birthday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Little Wild

At a recent team night we made some very cute cards. This card was made using A Little Wild stamp set. Whilst this stamp set is designed to be made as a fold over tag and can be cut out with the coordinating die, it can also be used as a single image. The colours featured are some of my favourites - Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Night of Navy. The spots were done using a spot shaped stamp but could also be achieved using any round shaped object i.e. a pencil end. I know lions are not normally blue but he does look very cute, especially being finished off with my all time favourite product - Wink of Stella (which is so strange as I am not really a glitter type of girl).

Monday, May 14, 2018

June Open House - 2018 Stampin' Up! New Catalogue

Sorry everyone but unfortunately due to family reasons I have to cancel my Stampin’ Up ! Open day this Saturday. Thank you for your understanding. I will reschedule shortly. 

You are invited to my 2018/19 Stampin' Up! Catalogue Launch!

*Exclusive Make-n-Take projects

*Retired items for sale

*Door prizes

Where: Nicole's place, Mitcham Victoria

When: Saturday 2nd June 2018

Time: 2.00 - 4.30pm
Cost : nil 

Come along and see some new products. Get to play and make a few samples. Door prizes and giveaways. Come for the entire session or just pop in for a look.

Place an order on the day over $40 and get free postage. New catalogues are available to purchase for $5 on the day. Hope to see you there.

Friday, May 11, 2018

We Must Celebrate Slider Card

Craft class the other night was an intimate night - one on one class.  We made a Wiper Card using the We Must Celebrate stamp set.
This clever little card design slides across and there is a little pop out at the top of the card. These little creatures are perfect for a little pop up surprise. The DSP featured here has a metallic finish in both of silver and gold which is just gorgeous.

Another card we made was a much simpler version which just used the stamps direct onto the card front. Coloured using the Stampin' Blends and finishing off with Wink of Stella and some 3D elements. Such an effective but simple card. Bringing it back to basic definitely has its benefits.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Animal Outing

At the recent Stampin' Up! Onstage event I received a new stamp set called Animal Outing. This cute stamp set includes a rhino, kangaroo and giraffe. Even better it comes with a coordinating die set.

I have used the rhino from this set to make this cute card. He has been coloured in using the fabulous Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends pens. 

The card front is Smoky Slate with several layers of embossed Whisper White Card. The rhino and bird have been finished off with the Wink of Stella Glitter pen. You can also see a sneak peak of some new Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.

The simplicity of this card has been complimented with the different layers and textures. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of colour. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on colour trends across different markets and industries. When we see changes happening, we review our colour spectrum to ensure that we remain consistently on top of the trends. This brings us to the 2018 Colour Revamp!
In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colours, SU decided it was time to give our colour collections a makeover.

The details:

There are still four colour collections, each with ten colours. There is also a new colour group called Basics.
In order to keep the colour collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours, they moved Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White out of the Neutrals collection. They’ve also moved a few colours into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colourful!
Some additional colours have changed collections as well — you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below. These changes were based on needing to maintain colour balance in the SU updated collections. For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection.

In Colours:

There are no changes to the In Color programme. Every two years SU will continue to introduce five new In Colors that will be available for the ensuing two years.
They also have previous In Colors that are returning and joining the core colours:
Mossy Meadow
Poppy Parade
Flirty Flamingo
Coastal Cabana
Mint Macaron
Blackberry Bliss

Check out the colour range here:

2018 Colour Revamp

Monday, April 23, 2018

OnStage April 2018

It was so exciting - celebrating 30 years of Stampin' Up! at the April Onstage event in Sydney. We spent the day at Luna Park learning new techniques, sneak peeking new stock and getting our hands on the must awaited new catalogue (on of the advantages of being a demonstrator). Not to mention seeing some of our closest 500 or so best Stampin' Up! friends.

To identify ourselves to other teams we all chose to wear tiaras - to feel like princesses for a day. Also to participate in the party atmosphere of celebrating 30 years.

I was lucky enough to win a prize patrol and I received a brand new stamp set called Artisan Textures. I love this set and can already envision many uses for it, great background stamps. 

12 team members from my immediate team made it to Sydney and I have a photo of us all below - great crafting - great friends - great times. Cannot wait until November for the next one which will be in my home town of Melbourne - YIPPEE!!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

On Stage Roomie Gifts

This time around I had 3 roomies that I shared accommodation with at the recent OnStage Stampin' Up! event in Sydney. We have so much fun and I think half of that is from sharing with lovely friends. We each make a (much anticipated) gift for each other and leave it on your pillow when you arrive.

I made a tool roll for my roomies. It has pockets for craft tools and rolls up for ease of transport and protects the tools. 

Each person had different fabrics I selected to suit them personally. I then made a tag using the Magical Day stamp set from the 2018 Occasions catalogue.

I have extra supplies to make myself one - which I must get around to as I think this would be really useful when I attend team nights - also a good way to make sure I take home everything I brought along with me that night.

Monday, April 16, 2018

ATC Team Swaps for April 2018 OnStage Event

Each time I attend an OnStage Stampin' Up! event I participate in a team swap. Once again we made ATC sized cards (swap card size 3"x4") - one of my favourites. These are a great size as you can use them as a gift card or they can stick onto the front of a regular sized card. I used the We Must Celebrate stamp set from the 2018 Occasions catalogue. There was A LOT of fussy cutting (which I do love)- especially since I 3D each character in some way. I used the blender pens for colour on the characters too. All finished off with the ever trusty Wink of Stella pen. The cardstock was embossed with the Softy Falling pattern and I used DSP and Washi tape from the Pick A Pattern Suite. I really liked this ATC swap and hope the recipients did too.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April Craft Class

For this class we will be making cards using the new Magical Day stamp set and Blendabilities pens. Please bring along your paper trimmer, all supplies included in the cost.

Where: Nicole's place, Mitcham Victoria
When: Friday 20th April 2018
Time: 7.00 - 9.30pm
Cost: $20

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products 2018

The time has come to purchase those items that you really, really wanted but haven't purchased yet. Get in now before they are gone....for ever.

If there is a product you want I would recommend buying it straight away or you may risk it being sold out.

Check out the retiring lists below. Let me know and I can order it for you straight away. Alternately go online, search for my name as your demonstrator, use the hostess code ZAFXNUQD to place your order. It will be delivered directly to your door.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ribbon of Courage

This card uses the Ribbon of Courage Stampin' Up! stamp set with Powder Pink ink.

The DSP used is from the Fresh Florals suite. You get 40 sheets of card in this set with 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in 5 colours.

There is a coordinating Support Ribbon Framelit set. This cuts the gorgeous flower and leaves used on this card. The detail on these are great and add that little bit of depth to the design. 

This was a make and take project shared by Jan at our team night. It is a very delicate looking design that is deceivingly simple to make and assemble.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sweet Little Something

At a recent team evening we used the very popular Stampin' Up! triple layer Bunny stamp set called Sweet Little Something. Lifen shared her make and take project with us.

This stamp set gives the stamped image a photographic finish by using 3 different layers - the depth makes it seem more realistic.

Ink was sponged over the embossing to emphasize the raised sections. Add a few messages and a bit of glitter cardstock and you have a great looking card that can be used for many types of occasions. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Waterfront Cards

This Stampin' Up! Waterfront stamp set is not my normal type of stamp set I would purchase, but I must admit I am loving the versatility of it and gorgeous cards you can make.

In my recent monthly craft class we made a few cards to show the different types you can make and the effect it has in using a variety of colour combinations. You can go from a lovely summers day to something quite dark and stormy.

The best thing about this set though is that it comes in photopolymer stamps - so you can easily see through the stamps to ensure perfect line up with all of the layers. There are 16 stamps so you can individualise each card. 

I have heard of some very talented people taking a photo of some scenery and then using this stamp set to replicate it. I am definitely going to make a stock pile of cards using this stamp set to ensure I can share the love of cards. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Magical Day - Unicorn

Last weekend we had a Shoe Box Team Day. Everyone (all 14 of us) got together and shared a delicious lunch and quick projects with each other. So we all got to take home 13 new cards to make, and great samples to show.

My card used the Stampin' Up! set Magical Day. There are so many cute characters to be used from this set. I featured the Unicorn, which seems to be every little girls obsession at the moment.

I cased this card from Pinterest. I used Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo inks on watercolour paper to give the rainbow background effect. This was a bit of a feat I must admit. I wanted to make it all blend well and have that real look of watercolouring. 

Such a simple yet effective card. I used markers to colour in the mane and tail and then finished these off with a bit of Wink of Stella. To make the unicorn stand out even more this was stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock.

This stamp set does come with coordinating Magical Mates Framelits Dies - stamp set and dies are sold as a kit as well. To take your collection even further there is coordinating Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape and Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.

All coordinate with each other and the dies even match to cut out figures from the Designer Series Paper. The colours are fantastic. A must for your crafting selection.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration

For every $90 AUD/$110 NZD you spend, you will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for their free items.

Let’s break it down:
  • If you spend $90 AUD/$110 NZD, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $180 AUD/$220 NZD, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $270 AUD/$330 NZD, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
This new option allows everyone to create a personalised Sale-A-Bration experience!

Find the fantastic products on offer in the catalogue link in the right hand side column. Please contact me for any questions.

post - Merry Christmas

Recently we had another team night to share ideas from our cardmaking.

This lovely card was designed by one of our team members Angie Morgan and is absolutely gorgeous.

It uses the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper and a Foil Snowflake. 

The message is embossed in gold and is a stamp from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set. So simple but elegant.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bird Banter

As a post Stampin' Up! OnStage swap with fellow demonstrators I decided to showcase the Bird Banter Stamp Set.

I have watercoloured the parrot. The featured colours for the bird are Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Basic Gray and Whisper White.

The DSP is the Merry Little Christmas set and I have used the Everyday Label Punch to separate the bird. On the top and the bottom of this label I also used the Black Rhinestone Jewels for a bit of bling. I finished off the parrot with a coat of Wink of Stella so he sparkles in the sunshine now.

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.)