Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Fathers Day cuteness

Father's Day is the beginning of September here in New Zealand but we had a delayed celebration for my Dad.  His favourite colour is green so I used a new colour called Shaded Spruce and one of my favourite new stamp sets called Postcard Pals.

This set is perfect for colouring with Stampin' Blends (alcohol markers) as I have done here.  I've also used the bottlecap die from the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits dies to create a masculine embellishment with the word 'Dad'.  

For my Father-in-law's card I actually used a Christmas set from the new Holiday Catalogue called So Santa.  By colouring it in non-Christmas colours and covering up the holly on his hat, he doesn't look like Santa.  That makes this set a whole lot more versatile for me.

I'll be looking forward to colouring him in Christmas colours to make him a Santa again soon.  

First card
Cardstock: Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, Woodgrain DSP
Stamps: Postcard Pals, Pick A Pennant 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft, Stampin' Blends (various)
Dies: Celebrate You Thinlits, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits, Layering Circles

Second card
Cardstock: Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White, Best Route DSP
Stamps: So Santa, Thoughtful Banners. 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blueberry Bushel, Stampin' Blends (various)

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Holiday Catalogue Swaps

Part of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator means you can partake in 'swaps'.  Swaps are where we design and make a card, then make enough of those cards for each person on the swap list.  Then we meet up and swap our cards with each person for one they've made.  It's a great way to meet new demonstrators and we bring home a great selection of cards or other projects which we can share with you.  

Here is the card I designed and made:

I felt that the Woodgrain Designer Series Paper looked like wet sand and by stamping my sentiment in coordinating ink, it looks like writing in the sand.

Check out my video to see all the other wonderful swaps I received in return:

Monday, 13 August 2018

Braided Card Technique

I've been saving this card to share until I knew the person who it was for had received it.  I hadn't made a braided card in a while and whilst I was looking for ideas on what to make, I saw or thought about, a braided card and decided to make one.  

After I made the card base, I chose to use the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper.  One of the sheets of this paper comes with these fabulous rectangle shaped frames on it (there are squares too) and they were the perfect size.

I simply stamped a sentiment in the middle of the frame from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and I had a quick but fabulous card. I added some Rhinestones for a bit of sparkle and I was good to go.

For the inside, I stamped the small flower from the Accented Blooms stamp set three times across the top and the bottom in Lovely Lipstick to match the card base.  I picked another colour (Grapefruit Grove) from the Designer Series Paper on the front and stamped my sentiment from Postcard Pals which reads "HOPE YOUR DAY IS FILLED WITH FUN AND LOTS OF HAPPY SURPRISES".  

It didn't need anything else on the inside because that beautiful braid was visible there as well.  

If you want to try this fun technique, head over to Brandy's Card to see how she does it.  I have adjusted her template to fit our NZ sized cards which are bigger than the US size.

Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White, Petal Promenade DSP
Stamps: Accented Blooms, Picture Perfect Birthday, Postcard Pals
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove
Other: Basic Rhinestones 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Five Ways to use Background Stamps

I wrote this post for my monthly newsletter and I've decided its worth sharing here with you.  

Background stamps are large stamps the approximate size of a full card front. You'll find these stamps on page 172 in the Annual Catalogue.  Personally I like to go for the Wood Mount option when buying background stamps but they do come in Clear Mount as well.  I haven't tried them with the Stamparatus but this would be brilliant for those times if you miss patches stamping such a large image the first time around.  You can simply reink and stamp again with the Stamparatus.  

When inking these large stamps, the best way is to take the ink to the stamp, rather than the other way around.  This avoids the potential of dropping a heavy stamp block onto your project and running the risk of spoiling it.  It's also much easier to handle that way - you can see in the photo how awkward it is to hold such a large stamp in my hand.  

Once you've inked the stamp, take your cardstock and carefully lay it down on top of the inked stamp.  Take care not to move the cardstock during or after you lay it down, as this will smudge your image.  

Place a piece of scrap paper gently over the top of the stamp and rub your hand over it to transfer the ink from the stamp to your cardstock.

Carefully lift your cardstock off the stamp.  

Now that you have your background image stamped what are some of the ways you can use it? 

1. Use a section of the stamped image
You can either cut your piece of cardstock smaller than the full size of the stamp and ink that, or ink up a piece of cardstock the size of the stamp, trim it down and save the rest for another project.  We used a small strip on the card I taught at my class last month when we inked the panel with the Tree Rings background stamp.

Here Kim Oliver (a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Australia) has used a small piece of the Post Script background stamp to beautifully compliment the oh so cute critter from the Postcard Pals stamp set.  I just love him, I think he's gorgeous.  

2.  Use your Big Shot
The piece you use doesn't have to be square or rectangular.  Think outside the box and use your Big Shot to cut your stamped image into a shape.  Don't forget about the negative piece when you die cut - this can be used just as effectively as the positive piece -  especially with background stamps.

3. Use it as a Watermark
Stamp your image in a light colour (or stamp off to get a lighter shade) and use it like a watermark.  Stamp your main image straight over the top.  Here is a card I made last Christmas using this technique.  The Sheet Music background stamp was inked in Crumb Cake and the branch was inked in Early Espresso.  The "Season's Greetings" was also stamped directly over the top.

The Watercolour Wash background stamp is a good one to do this technique with and the girl with the umbrella from the Beautiful You stamp set over the top is perfect.

4. Get your Markers out
Use your Stampin' Write Markers (not your Stampin' Blends) and colour directly on the stamp. 
  • Colour different elements of the stamp in different colours.  Remember to re-moisten the ink by huffing on the stamp (as though you are trying to steam up a window) before you stamp your paper.
  • Make a rainbow effect by colouring blocks of the stamp in different colours.  Use the Watercolour Wash background stamp with some Watercolour paper or Shimmery White cardstock and spritz the stamp with water before you stamp it down for a fun watercolour rainbow.
Stamp the image in black ink and then colour in small sections to highlight focal points.  You might choose to colour the Air Mail Pavilion part of the Post Script background stamp in blue (Pacific Point perhaps) to mimic our Airmail stickers.
5. Emboss It
  • Heat Emboss - Ink your image in VersaMark ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set the powder.  Use your Stampin' sponge and your inkpads to sponge colour onto different sections of the image.
  • Embossing Paste - Spread a layer of Embossing Paste onto your project or a piece of cardstock, and whilst the paste is still wet, stamp your image into the paste.  Make sure you clean your stamp immediately so that the paste doesn't dry onto your stamp. 
  • Dry Emboss - Stamp your image and emboss it using an embossing folder.  With the right combination this could look really effective.  The Watercolour Wash background stamp combined with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder would give the effect that it is raining for example.  The new Subtle Embossing folder would give some great texture to the Hardwood background stamp and really emphasize the grain in the stamp.
I hope you found these tips on using Background Stamps helpful.  If you'd like to see a tip featured in a future edition of my newsletter then please let me know.  If you're on Facebook please like and follow my page.  Have a great day.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Accented Blooms Birthday

I'm loving this new stamp set called Accented Blooms from Stampin' Up! This birthday card is on its way to one of my customer's who is having a birthday today.

Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Accented Blooms, Detailed with Love (Happy Birthday sentiment)
Ink: Poppy Parade, VersaMark, 
Markers: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Calypso Coral
Other: Tailored Tag Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestones

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Exciting New Catalogue Out Now

The brand new 2018 Annual Catalogue is now available.  There are lots of exciting new things in this catalogue, including a colour revamp with lots of new colours.  

To view the new catalogue head to the catalogues page on the Stampin' Up! website:

or shop directly at:
don't forget to choose me as your demonstrator or ask me for a Hostess Code (which will automatically link your order to me).

Check out this fun video showing you just some of the new product:

Some colours have retired, some popular colours have returned and some are brand new coloursHere is a quick rundown

The New colours are (including the returning 2017-2019 In Colours):
The colours returning by popular demand:
Last but not least, the colours have done some moving around and some are now in new colour families.  As well as this, you might notice that the "Neutrals Family" now has some colour to it.  

Finally, there is also a brand new family called "Basics" with the Basic Black, Whisper White & Very Vanilla.  

Monday, 14 May 2018

Mothers Day

Yesterday was Mother's Day here in New Zealand.  The first card I'm sharing with you was for my Mother-in-law and was inspired by Teri Pocock in the UK.  I have completely changed the colours on mine but I liked the border down the left-hand side.

Next was my Mum's card.  For this I used Stampin' Up! Memories & More cards.  These cards aren't just for memory keeping (or scrapbooking as it is also known) but can be used for many other uses as well.  That's why they're called Memories & More.  This set are the Petal Passion Memories & More cards.

On one of the smaller sized cards I found a quote that I thought was great for Mums - my Mum certainly gives me endless support.  I used the Big Shot to cut it into an oval shape and I used a piece of coordinating coloured cardstock (Powder Pink) to cut a scalloped oval to go behind it.  A larger card trimmed down slightly to fit a card base formed the main part of my card.  

I added a few pearls, which it is hard to tell in the photo, are actually a soft pink colour.  They are part of the Share What You Love Suite coming out in the new 2018 Annual Catalogue.  However you can order them now as part of the pre-order of this suite if you choose either the 'A Little More Please' or the 'Gotta Have It All' bundles.

Inside I stamped the flower from the Friendships Sweetest Thoughts, along with a sentiment from new stamp set that is coming called Detailed With Love. Sneak Peek  

Another Memories & More card added to the inside of the card gave me a special place to write a wee note about her gift, which will be some of her favourite shots from our daughters' school photos.  They are on order and not ready for Mothers Day.  Something for her to look forward to.

Here is what you get in the pack of Petal Passion Memories & More cards.  These are on the retiring list but there will be other designs available in the new catalogue.  They are brilliant value when you consider all the ways you can use these cards.

First card:
Cardstock: Powder Pink, Whisper White, Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Friendships Sweetest Thoughts, Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Flirty Flamingo
Big Shot: Stitched Shapes Dies, Ovals Layering Dies
Other: Watercolour Pencils, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen

Second card:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Powder Pink, Whisper White, 
Other: Petal Passion Memories & More cards, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (new)
Big Shot: Layering Ovals Dies
Stamps: Friendships Sweetest Thoughts, Detailed With Love (coming soon)
Ink: Powder Pink

Friday, 11 May 2018

New Grandparents Congratulations

Recently a customer became a grandparent for the first time.  I made her a card to congratulate her on this special occasion.  

I used the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder for the background, together with the Lots of Labels dies which I stamped my rabbit on.  I love this rabbit.  He is so lifelike with his three step stamping method. I used Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.

For the sentiment I used the die from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies (currently in the Occasions Catalogue) but I extended it to make it fit my word.  I did use some retired letter stamps to spell out the word Grandparents but everything else is current.

Whilst I admit I'm tickled pink for the new grandparents the baby was a boy.  So, I got out my Stampin' Write Marker and changed the 'pink' to 'blue'.  

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Stamps: Sweet Little Something, Best Birds (congratulations) Fabulous Flamingo (inside), Back to Basics Alphabet (retired)
Inks: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Night of Navy
Big Shot: Lots of Labels Dies, Petals & More Dies, Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder
Other: Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon

Sunday, 22 April 2018

How the supplies you have can dicatate the direction of your project

The Principal of our Daughters' school is leaving at the end of the term. He has been a wonderful Principal and we are very sad to see him leave. His new school in the South Island are very lucky to be getting such a great Principal and we wish him all the best.
The card I made him was inspired by Connie Richter.  On her blog it says her frame is silver but in the light of the photo it looked copper to me and I liked that idea better, so mine is copper.  

I wanted Good Luck on one of the bottles and the only stamp I had in my entire collection was one that said "I'm so lucky to have a good friend like you".  So, out came my Stamp-a-ma-jig and my markers.  Then I discovered I don't have a Night of Navy marker and I'd already stamped the Thank You in Navy. I have a Chocolate Chip marker and that was the other colour of my card so the other label became Chocolate Chip.  

I coloured directly onto my stamp, inking only the 'luck' part of the word lucky and using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped that randomly over the label (before it was stuck to the bottle of course).  Then I cleaned off the stamp and coloured the 'good' with the marker and used the same process to line up the 'good' in front of the luck.  If you look closely you'll see I stamped them off the edge of the label as well which makes it look like it is wrapped around the bottle. 

It was a reasonably slow process, having to re-colour the stamp for each word but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I actually think its turned out better this way.  Isn't it funny how sometimes the supplies you have available dictate how the project turns out?  If I'd have had a Navy marker both labels would have been Navy and both labels would have had a single sentiment.  I like it better this way.

On the inside of the card I simply stamped a bottle in Crumb Cake ink and created a label for it with the dies in the co-ordinating framelits set.  I cut a bottle cap out of the copper foil to match the ones on the front of the card.

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Copper Foil & Wood Textures Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Bubble Over, Wood Words, Special Reason (retired)
Ink: Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip
Dies: Bottles & Bubbles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot Machine
Other: Dimensionals

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Retiring List 2018 Out Now

The 2018 Retiring List is out now.  You need to get in quick to get your favourites before they're gone.  

Click here for ANNUAL CATALOGUE PDF List


Don't forget to make sure you're looking at the right-hand column which is the NZD amount (the left column is the AUD).  We don't want any disappointments.  If you see something you can't do without, contact me asap so I can order it for you before its gone.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sprintime Foil Stripes goes Navy

Yesterday was our Wedding Anniversary so of course I made my Husband a card.  

Where did the Navy stripped paper come from?
The stripes are from the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper (DSP) that you can get for free when you spend $110 (only until the end of March).  'But that paper is white' I hear you say.  Yes it is white, and that's the beauty of this DPS.  You can colour sections of it - Stampin' Blends are good for that - or you can colour the whole piece like I did here.  I used an inkpad to colour mine but there are various ways you can choose to do it.  Or just leave it white.  Its beautiful as it is if you don't want to colour it but I wanted a more masculine look.

Inside I used a sentiment from Blooms and Wishes and the little hearts, both on the inside and the front, came from Sharing Sweet Thoughts (which by the way is the current Ronald McDonald stamp set - a brilliant cause to buy that one).  The sentiment on the front comes from Fabulous Flamingo.

How did I get a single animal?
The idea for the two critters holding hands comes from Connie Richter.  The stamp is actually four different critters and only one of each animal, so there was a bit of technique to get a single animal, and two of them at that.

To get a single animal I used my Stampin' Write Basic Gray Marker and I coloured directly onto the stamp, only inking the animal I wanted.  Then I stamped that onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  

Next I got out my Stamp-a-ma-jig and lined up exactly where I wanted the second bear (are they bears? I'm not sure what they are).  Yes, I have a Stamparatus but I wanted the animals to be holding hands and I couldn't be sure of the exact placement of the hands with the Stamparatus, as the stamp is red rubber not photopolymer.  Once I was happy with where I wanted the second animal to be I stamped and held my breath.  When I had my two bears I set about colouring them in.

I did have a few troubles with my animals.  I found that although my stamp looked clean, when I stamped it down after inking just the bear (or whatever he is) I still had a shadow image of the rabbit and the raccoon.  I had to go back and give my stamp a really good clean and even then I think my Stampin' Scrub itself needs a clean so that didn't work.  I ended up cutting a mask and masking off the other three animals but I still used markers to ink my image.

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper
Stamps: We Must Celebrate, Fabulous Flamingo, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Blooms & Wishes
Ink: Night of Navy, White Craft Ink, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray & Real Red Stampin' Write Markers
Other: Lots of Labels Framelits Dies & Big Shot, Sponge, Paper Snips

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Lots of Lavender Sympathy

Sadly there has been a bereavement in our street this week. I made this card for my neighbor to convey our sympathy. Its never nice to have to make these sorts of cards but it is nice to be able to make your sympathies so heartfelt when its something you made yourself.

This stamp set is one of the free Sale-A-Bration sets called Lots of Lavender and the embossing folder is also part of a Sale-A-Bration item from the second release.   

The sentiments are from a set in the annual catalogue called Rose Wonder and my inspiration came from Michelle Last, a Demonstrator in the UK.

I always decorate the insides of my cards as well.  It adds to that extra special touch and people certainly notice when you go that extra step.

Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Lots of Lavender, Rose Wonder
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Fresh Fig, Pear Pizzazz
Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits
Embossing Folder: Basket Weave
Other: Linen Thread, Blender Pen