Awesomely Artistic

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Awesomely Artistic

I am so excited to share my card for this fortnight’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge – I absolutely LOVE this card!  

For me, one of the most rewarding things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the friendships I have made over the years and some of the most special are those friendships I have made with my downline team (aka The Craft-T-Crew).  This group of ladies is spread far and wide across Australia and a lot of them I have never even met face to face!  But I am so grateful to each and everyone of them and love to send them ‘Crew packs’ every quarter.  This quarter I made them each a card using not only the sketch for this week but also the NEW stamp set I received as part of the Manager’s Reception this year at Convention called Awesomely Artistic.  

As most of you can see I love dragonflies so when this set was handed to me I let out an audible *squeal* and new instantly this would feature for my card to my crew as soon as I arrived home from convention.  So with very little delay I arrived home and made this card using a Bermuda Bay card base and the Circle Framelits to create the focal image, it is hard to tell but the background piece is Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  I didn’t have any of the new Delight Dijon card stock or DSP which I knew would work with these two colours but I did have some Crushed Curry DSP which was close enough for me.

I only used one stamp set (so unlike me) and embossed my little dragonfly in gold embossing powder, added a little Linen Thread behind him and place him fair in the center of the card.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Awesomely Artistic group

Here are a few of the cards ready to send out – I really really really loved making them and know my ‘crew’ loved receiving them (thanks for the lovely emails ladies!).  I am always excited to add new crew members and share my love of Stampin’ Up! with them …. it is so easy to join and totally worth it!  If you are someone who loves to craft Stampin’ Up! may just be for you, contact me and I will be more than happy to have a chat with you about becoming a ‘crew’ member!


Stampin’ Up! You’ve Got This!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - You've Got This

Hope your weekend is going well and unlike me you have had some crafting time.  However, I still do have a card to share with you using some of the new stamp sets coming up in the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue as well as a new In-Colour – Mint Macaron.

Using a Mint Macaron card base and some Whisper White card stock I made this card in a matter of moments and totally loved how it turned out.  This was an idea that was shared at the Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Convention at the Gold Coast and I decided to used the You’ve Got This stamp set but to swap out the greeting with the “you’re in my thoughts” greeting that is in one of the new Hostess stamp sets called Best Thoughts.  I am not too sure how well you can see but I also added just a touch of the lovely new Lace Trim in the coordinating Mint Macaron at the bottom of the greeting which was just the right amount of “pretty” to finish my card off.

Now to see if I can make time to recreate this card in all the other new In-Colours for 2015-16.

Painted Petals

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Painted Petals Thank You Card

This month our Stamp Club is all about the gorgeous Painted Petals stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and so of course my ‘thank you’ cards for the girls just simply had to use this set.  Now our cards we are creating in class are way more detailed but when you need to make a few cards quickly it is best to go with CAS (Clean and Simple) which is the way I decided to go!

With little 3″ x 3″ Whisper White card bases I added some of the cute ‘dots’ across the bottom of a piece of 2 3/4″ square piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and added this to the front.  My greeting uses some of the flower images stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock then I stamped the “thank YOU” greeting over the top in Crumb Cake ink before punching it out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  This is just attached to the card front with a dimensional.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Painted Petals Thank You Cards

Here are some of them ready to hand out – spoiler alert for those ladies that haven’t got these in the mail yet with your project kits, they will be in the post this week.

Bohemian Designer Series Paper

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bohemian DSP

In case you haven’t heard … the NEW 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue is on it’s way (starts 2nd June) and it is jam packed with so many wonderful new products.  My pre-order (yes another great advantage of being a demonstrator) has not quite arrived but I do have some new product that we received at the Stampin’ Up! convention at the Gold Coast to share with you.

This card is made with Rich Razzleberry cardstock as it is one of the coordinating colours in the new Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  My card is so simple, all I did was add strips of this gorgeous paper to a card front, stamp my greeting (from another new set called Awesomely Artistic) in Rich Razzleberry ink, smoodge around the edges, added a touch of ribbon and then attached this with dimensionals to my card base.

This is the card we are making this afternoon in my Craft-T-Crew session – sorry to spoil the surprise gals, but don’t worry we are making two cards today with new goodies *yeah!*.  I love new product and can’t wait to show you more so stay tuned.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - 2015-16 Catalogue

ANNUAL CATALOGUE MAIL-OUT: I am about to mail out NEW catalogues to all my customers next week so please make sure you email me or message me to make sure you are on my list - you are really going to love this catalogue!


Mini Triangle Gift Box

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swaps

Today I wanted to share with you the second of my two swaps that I created for the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Convention and this one is my 3D swap.  As anyone that follows my blog knows I absolutely LOVE creating 3D projects with my Stampin’ Up! products and so no convention swap session would be complete for me without offering up a little box or trinket.  As you can see I made quite a few of them and hope that by the time you read this post I have most of them swapped to new homes.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Bermuda open

This box is quite tiny and for my swaps I managed to fit a small Werther’s Original Cream Candy inside but was running a little short on space for instructions so I placed a QR code on the bottom of each box which takes you to my YouTube channel for the video tutorial that I am also including here.  I really wanted to share with everyone just how fun they are to make so I hope you enjoy the video.

For my swaps I used the lovely Birthday Bash Designers Series Paper and mixed and matched the paper with coordinating ribbons from my stash along with the super fun greetings found in the A Round Array stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  So if you swapped with me at convention this year, which one of my little fun boxes did you end up with?

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Tangerine

My Tangerine Tango ‘thank you’.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Curry

A little Mossy Meadow ‘kindness’.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Coral

Polka Dots that make you ‘smile’.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Confetti

Confetti fun!


Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Mini Triangle Gift Box Convention Swap - Bermuda

Or maybe the Crushed Curry ‘for you’.

Which ever box you ended up with,  I hope you like it and thank you for swapping with me at convention!

Feathers Framelits

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Four Feathers Convention Swap

The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Convention is now well underway and so it is time for me to share the first of the two swaps that I have made for convention this year.  Swapping is one of the really fun things that happens at convention but can also be one of the most stressful things for me in the weeks leading up as I really worry about ‘what to design’ for my swaps each year.  After many failed attempts this year I decided that I needed to try and at least keep it a little more simple for myself and finally settled on this very simple card.

This card has a Whisper White card base and then I mixed a little Smoky Slate ink refill with some water and used my thin-ended Aqua Painter to hand draw the diagonal lines on the card base.  This is a really nice way to add a little ‘interest’ to the background of a card without it being too overpowering.  The background was the most time consuming part of the card with the rest being some heavy duty Big Shot work cutting out both the banner from the white front panel as well as the two feathers.  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Four Feathers Convention Swaps

I ended up with 50 of these for swapping this year and to those who have one of these cards now … thanks for swapping with me at convention!

Stampin’ Up! Convention 2015

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Large Journal Decorated

I am so excited to be heading off to the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Convention at the Gold Coast and even more thrilled that for the first time I am going with one of my Craft-T-Crew gals, Michele!  Convention for me is one of the most fun times of the Stampin’ Up! calendar year and I look forward to going every year but this year is special as it is a first for Michele and so my excitement is almost doubled as I can’t wait for her to see ‘what all the fuss is about!’.  I will also be staying with Michele on the Gold Coast so looking forward to a few days of good food, good wine and great conversation too.  I have made her a little ‘roomie gift’ for her first convention.  I have pre-done this post so by now Michele has opened her gift box containing a cover journal that I made using one of the Large Kraft Grid Journals from Stampin’ Up! that I have covered with some Very Vanilla card stock that I stamped with the Background Rule stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I have put Michele’s name on by cutting out the letters in the Very Vanilla layer using the great Little Letters Thinlit Dies and then placing a strip of DSP behind the cutouts.  I have added a little ribbon and Baker’s Twine for embellishment and printed off the logo for this year’s convention to finish it off.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Convention Bag Tag

I also made her a little extra tag for her convention bag as part of her belonging to the Craft-T-Crew team.  For this I used some retired charm pieces I had around and also used the ‘M’ from the cut outs when I made the journal.  

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Downline Convention Gift open

I boxed it all up for her and she can then use the box for extra keepsakes from convention when she gets home.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Downline Convention Gift

This is the finished product with some extra embellishments and tag ready to give to her as soon as we arrived at the Gold Coast.  I have scheduled a few posts for whilst I am away this week including my swaps that I have made this year.  So be sure to check back and see what I have been up to creating for convention.

Last Chance


With a new catalogue coming soon, it’s time to say goodbye to some stamps and accessories from the 2014–2015 annual catalogue. Don’t worry, though! You have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices (up to 50% off).

Retiring stamps and accessories will be available until 2 June, or while supplies last. So if you have something on that ‘Stampin’ Up! Wish List’ that you just have to have make sure you visit my store and grab a bargain or two.

Here is the link to the full retirement list for you to look through, have fun and email me if you have any questions.

Crazy About You

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Cut out Card

For this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge I decided to finally use one of the flower images from the Crazy About You Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!  I have used loads of the words in this set, including the “thanks” on this card, but had not yet inked the flowers.  So decided to not only ‘ink it up’ but also to do some fussy-cutting and use a few layers to create a lovely focal point for my card.  

If you look at the sketch for this week (below) you will see I have taken a fair amount of poetic licence with my card using one of the framelits from the Chalk Talk set to ‘cut out’ a banner area at the top of the Calypso Coral layer.  I then used Island Indigo ink and the frame image from the Because You Care stamp set to add a little detail to the Whisper White card base that is revealed in the window.  I also used Island Indigo ink for my simple greeting and an Island Indigo Candy Dot in the middle of my flower to tie it all together.

I loved the end result of this card and really stretched me to think outside the ‘box’ for this sketch.  I hope you can find time this fortnight to play along with the sketch and here is it ….


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Indescribable Gift

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Indescribable Gift Cards

This week I decided to again use the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge to bulk up my supplies of ‘thank you’ cards.  This week’s sketch was a simple one which means I could pump out a whole bunch of cards really quickly and in a few different colours.  For all the cards I used a Sahara Sand base card, piece of Something Borrowed DSP as a matting layer with a ‘thanks’ cut using some Whisper White scraps and the Hello You thinlits.  For each colour I stamped the blossom image from the Indescribable Gift Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! in the same ink as the paper I was using …

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Indescribable Gift Card Wisteria Wonder

this is the Wisteria Wonder version, as you can see the image really ‘pops’ and is probably my favourite one.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Indescribable Gift Card Wild Wasabi

Wild Wasabi also allows the images to stand out quite well on the background.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Indescribable Gift Card Pool Party

The Soft Sky is a little more subtle with tone on tone but still very pretty.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Indescribable Gift Card Blushing Bride

Lastly, Blushing Bride, also a little more of a subtle look but sometimes that is all you are after.

I hope you join in with this sketch as you have two weeks to play along now so pop over to the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge page and see what the rest of Design Team has created with the sketch and share your creation with us!