Last Chance

Retiring

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!

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Berry Basket Barrow

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bouquet Berry Basket Barrow

I am so pleased with this latest little project that I managed to complete.  Some of you may have seen my Easter version of this barrow that I posted a day or so ago and I wasn’t really super happy with the ‘structure’ of the barrow, it was a little too flimsy for me so I set about refining my design and so so pleased that I think I have got a super little barrow now that can carry a whole truck load of goodness without her legs giving way!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bouquet Berry Basket Barrow front

I really made this barrow as part of some Easter inspirations but it could be used for any event you like.  This version is chocked with flowers made using the Bouquet and Spiral Flower Dies from Stampin’ Up!  I wanted to be able to have the paper flower and also a treat so made a ‘platform’/lid’ for the barrow so you can still fill it with goodies.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bouquet Berry Basket Barrow open

I have Easter Eggs in this sample (seem to have lots in the house at the moment) but this could easily be filled with Mum’s favourite chocolates for Mother’s Day, Christmas Candy … anything.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Carrot Berry Basket Barrow

This version is another Easter inspired one using those fun Lindt carrots, again taking advantage of the platform to hold them in place.  Now I do have a tutorial available in my store for those wondering.  BUT there are a couple of things you need to know:

1) You need to have the Berry Basket Die from Stampin’ Up! to make this project there is NO alternative for the basket given in the tutorial;

2) The tutorial ONLY has instructions for the barrow and the platform and provides some tips for decoration … it does not have a step by step guide to the flowers shown here. 

I hope you like this one and would so love to see your little barrow creations so don’t forget to share them by adding a link to your creations in the comments.

Easter is on the way!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Berry Basket Barrow

Yes it is almost Easter time and I have been working away on this new project that I hoped to have the tutorial finished for today but my week-end kind of didn’t go to plan so this is more of a ‘sneak peak’ of a tutorial/project I will have ready hopefully to share in the next day or two!

This project uses the Berry Basket Die from Stampin’ Up! so you will definitely need that item to make this wheelbarrow other than that it is a fun project that can be used for all sorts of occasions … in fact I have a Mother’s Day version sitting in pieces in my craft room that I will share once the tutorial is also ready.

Well better get back to it!

Your Perfect Day

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Your Perfect Day

I am not too sure where my Monday’s keep going but I this is the second week I have been delayed with my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge card!  I am about to go on holidays for a week soon so hopefully that will help with the tardy postings!  

Anyway here (finally) is my card for the sketch this week and as you can see I have taken the opportunity to ink up the gorgeous ‘Your Perfect Day’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to make a simple and very elegant wedding card.  I often find I don’t have many wedding cards in my ‘stash’ so thought this was the perfect excuse to make another one or two for the collection.  I love how easy it was to make a soft and elegant card with a simple strip of DSP (I used Something Borrowed), a strip of card stock (I used Pink Pirouette) and a length of lace (I used Sahara Sand Lace Trim).  

I can hardly believe I decided to hand cut out that cake but it totally worked for this design and I think worth the effort.  All I really did was stamp the cake in Sahara Sand ink and add highlights of Pink Pirouette with a blender pen.  I hope you will join us for the challenge this week, here is the sketch….

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Only weeks left of Sale-A-Bration

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Lotus Blossom

Undoubtedly Sale-A-Bration would have to be my most favourite time of the Stampin’ Up! year.  Yes even better then NEW catalogue time!  Why? Well for a huge number of reasons.  The first of which is new and exciting stamp sets, paper, ribbon etc and secondly you can get loads and loads and loads of stuff for FREE.  This card I am sharing today is one that I made a while back now and uses the lovely Lotus Blossom Stamp Set that is FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  I didn’t share this card when I made it as there were so so so many Lotus Blossom cards being shared as this stamp set has been a clear favourite this year.  But as Sale-A-Bration nears an end I thought it was time to share these super cute note cards with you.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Lotus Blossom group

As you can see I made more than one of this card …. they were so easy to put together and worked out to be just perfect a thank you cards.  I have used a quarter of a piece of Sahara Sand card stock for the card base and stamped the entire front of the card using the I Love Lace stamp set in Sahara Sand ink.  The Very Vanilla piece on the front of the card features the gorgeous Lotus Blossom in Blushing Bride and Strawberry Slush, one of my favourite combinations for this flower.  I have lightly smoodged around the panel using Crumb Cake ink and the only embellishment is a small piece of the adorable Sahara Sand Lace trim which is tied up using a length of the Gold Baker’s Twine with the gold thread removed.  I needed a cream thread rather than the white Baker’s Twine and removing the gold thread was the perfect solution.

With only weeks to go with Sale-A-Bration I wanted you to know that Stampin’ Up! has added a few more options to the list of FREEBIES.

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This is a great time of year to not only shop with Stampin’ Up! but also JOIN Stampin’ Up! In fact most of my Craft-T-Crew have joined during Sale-A-Bration over the years, the value is AWESOME.  So if you have a little (or big) wish list of Stampin’ Up! items, want to save money on your crafting and join a fun team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around Australia contact me and I am more than happy to share what I love with you.

Sheer Perfection

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum

This week for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge I really wanted to have a little play with the new Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack that you can get for FREE with every purchase of Stampin’ Up! products over $90 (but only for another two weeks).  This vellum stack is so so so so gorgeous and you have probably seen loads of examples using the lovely butterfly sheet that comes in the stack but I wanted to use something different for my card this week.   So I have an Island Indigo card based and used my Banner Framelits to cut out the largest banner in the card front (not cutting all the way to the top though).  I then cut out a Garden Green insert using the largest and second largest of the Framelits.  I used a Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the tops of the flowers on the reverse side of the piece of Sheer Perfection Vellum, adhered it behind the cut out window and then attached a full piece of Whisper White card stock to the back of the card front to cover everything up and make my flowers pop.

The Rose Red trim is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit and I have added a little Whisper White Cotton Ribbon thread through and tied in a bow to finish the look.  My greeting is from the Simply Wonderful Stamp Set which you can also get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration, stamped in Island Indigo ink and cut out using one of the little tags in the Handpicked Framelits Dies.  I really enjoyed making this card and took a leaf from my friend Alison (and fellow SU demo) in using the Stampin’ Up! Colour Coach to select my colours for this card and pretty happy with how it turned out.

Here is the sketch you need to join in the challenge this week.

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Happy Birthday Kyah

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Happy 14th

This week the card I have made for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge is actually the birthday card I made for my beautiful daughter who just turned 14!  This year it was very hard to decide what to get her for her birthday, however she had well and truly outgrown the bed we bought her when she was 3 so that was something we knew she needed.  So to make it a complete birthday present I enlisted the help of my sister to give her a total room make over and this week’s card uses the colours from her new room … Red and Black.

So with the fabulous sketch to work from I used a balloon from the Celebrate Today stamp set and cut it out with the coordinating Framelit from the Balloon Dies to create the “Happy”.  I then added a little strip of the delightful Stacked with Love DSP stack with some Real Red ribbon around it.  I cut out the numbers for the ’14’ using Red Glimmer paper and finished off the sentiment with using the “birthday” from the same stamp set in Memento ink.  I loved this card and here is the sketch so you can play along too this week.

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As a little extra I thought I would pop in some photos of the room make-over we did for her birthday, just over 2 days work but a big change from purple and wood feature room complete with bunk bed ….

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loads of Beanie Kids… 

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This is what she came home to after the first day … no entry!

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This is the finished product … it was all wrapped in the construction tape for her to ‘unwrap’ her new room.  A big blackboard on one wall with a new desk and chair.  You might recognise the Hello Life Project Kit from Stampin’ Up! above the desk.  This kit comes with Crushed Curry as the accent colour but I just changed it out for Real Red and it worked a treat!

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We even cover the door on her wardrobe with fabric to match in with the theme…

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Finally strings of fairy lights around the room and the ‘curtain’ behind the bed has loads of polaroid pictures I printed off from her camera, all hung with Stampin’ Up! clothes pins covered in coordinating Washi Tape.

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Massive effort but totally worth it!

More During Sale-A-Bration

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Just when you think that Sale-A-Bration can’t get any better Stampin’ Up! go and add four more MUST have items for this year’s Sale-A-Bration which ends in about three weeks time!  I for one was super super super excited to try out the new FREEBIES and have made some fast and simple cards using only two of the products you can get for FREE when you spend $90 on Stampin’ Up! product.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Cards

Using only the For Being You Stamp Set and the lovely Baker’s Twine from the In Colour Accessory Pack I was able to make these five cards in no time at all.  I stamped the “Thanks” in Memento Ink so that I could use my Blendabilities to colour the letters in.  Now it is good to note that whilst Stampin’ Up! does not carry any Blendabilities from the In Colour Collection you can still get a pretty good match using the Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay Blendabilities.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Blackberry Bliss

Blackberry Bliss

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Hello Honey

Hello Honey

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Mossy Meadow

Mossy Meadow

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - For Being You Card Tangelo Twist

Tangelo Twist

To see what EXTRA goodies are available click here to download a copy of the flyer.  These new items are really ‘must have’s’ for your crafting collection and you only have a handful of weeks to get these ones for FREE.  Any questions or want to place and order simply email me.