Monday, 15 January 2018

Myths & Magic

If you love fairy tales, or have ever dreamed of being a mermaid, or have a deep and abiding affection for Disney princesses, this is a must-have set.   They are so fun!

You can't see from this picture, but I made the armor "shine" with a touch of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.

I made the "ocean" by punching the edge of the green cardstock with different sized circle and oval punches.  I used my Wink of Stella pen to add sparkle to my mermaid's scales, but I also think a layer of clear embossing powder would make her tail look "wet" and shiny - I'll have to give that a try next time!

I think this would be perfect for a male card, very Gandalf, don't you think?

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Back to reality!

I've been MIA for a couple of weeks, as I accompanied my 13 year old Thing 3 to a fencing camp in Melbourne.  It was a great camp - the kids worked hard and had fun;  and I had plenty of time to play tourist while the fencers were training!

Me in front of the iconic Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

Had to test the local coffee.  Melbourne rightfully prides itself on the quality of it's coffee.

Me at the art gallery - loved visiting there! 

Meanwhile the latest Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalogue and Sale a Bration has started.  I had a quick chance to play with some new products before I left, but ran out of time to post photos on my blog.

I did post a teaser photo on my social media of the following cards:

See any new products?  I used the new Brush Crystal Colours to watercolour the flowers; the flowers are also new from a set called Beautiful Day.  The background was made with a new silver embossing paste too.

I have to say I LOVE the silver embossing paste.  It looks really pretty once dried.  I noticed it has a runnier texture than the usual white paste, which takes getting used to, but it is just as easy to use.

Here's a Stampin' Up! video on how to use embossing paste if you haven't given it a go.

As for the other new products, the Beautiful Day stamp set is one of those versatile, easy to use sets you'll reach for over and over.  It looks great embossed, or coloured with watercolour pencils, or with the Stampin' Blends as well.  But I couldn't resist giving the new Brusho colour crystals a go.  They are fun!  I've been using them to create gorgeous watercolour backgrounds too.  

Again, Stampin' Up!  has made a helpful video to explain what these Brusho crystals are all about:

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018


The Best Time of the Stampin' Year is here!

Have a look at the gorgeous products you can earn for FREE here:

Sale a Bration Catalogue 2018

What's Sale a Bration?

NEW Occasions Mini Catalogue

Over Christmas?  Me too.  I love it, but I need something new and fresh for inspiration.  Something new and fresh like....the NEW Occasions Catalogue 2018!  It runs from 3rd January to the 31st March 2018.

Have a look and see what you can't live without.  :-)

Here's a PDF copy of the Catalogue for you to have a look.  Occasions 2018 Catalogue

Monday, 11 December 2017

Free Shipping today! (Again!)

Hi all,

Stampin' Up!  have announced free shipping today (11th December 2017) until 11:59 PM - wow!  If you order today, you will be able to have your new products in time for Christmas - which is especially great if you are buying a gift for your craft-loving friend, or if you are doing your Christmas cards at the last minute (in January, even?) like me.

Did you see the Christmas stuff on the Clearance Rack?  What are you doing?  Head over to my online store HERE and get shopping people!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Stamperatus Reservation Window Open Today

The second Reservation Window is open today.  To reserve yours, follow this link:

Please note that there has been a change in the reservation windows, since my earlier post.
As was previously announced, the second reservation window will remain open from 6–31 December; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until 31 December. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!
Please note the following changes:
  • Beginning 19 March, we will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the 6–31 December window will ship on 19 March (as was previously announced).
  • In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows: one reservation per customer and one per demonstrator.
  • Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you and your customers to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018–2019 annual catalogue.
  • If you reserved more than one stamping tool during the first reservation period, that number will not change; you will still receive the same number you reserved.
  • If you reserved one or more stamping tool(s) during the first reservation period, you may still order during the second window.
  • The reservation window will open at 8:00 AM (AEDT) on 6 December.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Big News! The Stamperatus is coming!

Have you ever wished Stampin' Up! sold a stamp positioner?  Ever wanted to try one of the stamp positioner tools already on the market?  Never heard of a stamp positioner and have no idea what I'm talking about?

It's ok. Stampin' Up! has your back.

Here's the Big Deal:

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

I need product details!

  • 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

Okay. I've gotta have one. How do I get in line?

With the launch of this tool, we’re trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory. 
The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
    The reservation window opens at 8:00 AM (AEDT) on 17 November. While supplies last.
  • Limit is 3 tools per demonstrator and 1 tool per customer per reservation window. (Note: The Stamparatus is not a Cash-and-Carry item.)
  • Customers may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
17–30 November 2017Approx. 1 February 2018
6–30 December 2017Approx. 19 March 2018
16–30 January 2018Approx. 15 April 2018

    Wednesday, 2 August 2017

    Carols of Christmas Creations

    The gorgeous Carols of Christmas bundle I mentioned in the previous post?  These are my first creations with it.  

    The delicate night sky is emphasised by the silver foil underneath, and I added some glitter snow to the trees.  I hand cut the white piece in a curved line.  On the right, a less traditional card.  The music background stamp from the annual catalogue works very well with Christmas, and Sweet Sugarplum has a Christmassy ring to it.  

    Different looks with the same stamps and some framelits.  I made a shaker card with the 4th card. 

    These are little 3 x 3 inch gift cards I stamped by using markers and the little poinsettias and deer are popped up with mini dimensionals.

    This bundle is so fun, and so versatile!  I love that if you are time poor, the sentiments are big enough to not need anything else, or you can fancy them up.  The fewer layers you have, the easier to mail, of course.  

    I hope this has given you some ideas!  I have been struggling to get a regular time for classes, but I'm hoping to book some in once my family's crazy schedule settles down.  

    If you'd like to order, here are links to the products I used.  Most of 'em anyway.  I might have forgotten some.

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