2020-2021 Annual Catalogue is here

By | June 4, 2020

Hi there

The brand new 2020–2021 Annual Catalogue is now live, and we’re having a celebration! Anyone who holds a party or shops during the month of June will receive extra Stampin’ Rewards with a qualifying purchase. So don’t wait! Start planning now to hold an event in June. If you’re interested in holding an event contact me now for more information and to book a time. 

It’s a bundle bash! If you have been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now’s the perfect time to join. Not only will you get a Starter Kit—already a great value at $189 NZD for $285 NZD worth of products—but for a limited time, you can select any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalogue for FREE. There could not be a better time to join me and my team. If you would like to know more about joining please contact me.

Here’s a quick video showing the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue

If you don’t yet have a 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and would like one please let me know and I’ll get one sent to you. In the meantime check out my Catalogue page to download a pdf version.

Happy shopping – until next time …

Magnolia Lane – Tri Panel Card

By | June 1, 2020

Hi there

Welcome to Winter – at least we’re now starting to get the rain we so desperately need. One positive of winter is that we have to stay indoors more which means more crafting time – and with a new catalogue just days away – bring it on.

Today’s post is created from a sketch challenge. Sketch challenges along with colour challenges are a fun way to create cards. A sketch challenge gives you a layout design to follow and allows you to use any stamp set and colour combo you want. A colour challenge sets out a number of colours for you to use in your project and the design/layout/stamp set are up to you.

Here’s the sketch I based my card on.

And here’s my take on the sketch. I’ve used the Magnolia Lane DSP for the top horizontal panel and then used Petal Pink cardstock embossed with the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder for the vertical panels. I tried a couple of colour combinations for the mat before settling on Basic Black. Some Petal Pink 1/4″ Metallic Edge Ribbon wrapped around the card covers the join of the DSP and card stock. I then tied a separate bow and adhered it with a glue dot. The final touch was the sentiment – stamped in Mossy Meadow this stamp is from the Magnolia Blooms stamp set and has been die cut using the Stitched Shapes dies.

I hope this layout inspires you to give sketch challenges a go. I’d love to see your creations.

Until next time …

Stamp Camp 2020 Projects – Forever Blossoms, Poppy Moments & Best Dressed

By | May 31, 2020

Hi there

Back again with the remaining projects from Stamp Camp using products from the Mini Catalogue – Forever Blossoms from the Parisian Blossoms Suite (page 14-17), Poppy Moments from the Peaceful Poppies Suite (page 24-27) and the Best Dressed Suite (page 54-56).

First up a fancy fold card – Triangular Tri-fold – using the Forever Blossoms Bundle.

The Parisian Blossoms Suite has two bundles within the suite and we used the Forever Blossoms bundle. The papers – Parisian Blossoms – coordinate with both bundles and are a mix of Petal Pink and Pool Party tones. The main image is stamped in Memento then coloured in with Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green and Soft Suede Stampin Blends – a few of the gorgeous Champagne Rhinestones have been added for a bit of ‘bling’. We dry embossed the Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder then lightly applied some Whisper White ink using a Sponge Dauber – it really shows of the embossed effect of the folder.

Once you untie the bow the the card opens up to a landscape orientation to show the inside sentiment and a partially stamped flower image.

This card uses a whole sheet of A4 – cut in half lengthwise and adhered together on the central portion. You do have to concentrate in getting your score lines the right way but after that it’s an easy card to construct. I love fun fold cards so will be giving this one a go with some new products out of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.

Next up is a fun project featuring the Poppy dies.

How cute is this little project – and not a stamp in sight :). When you pull the ‘poppies’ up take a look at what you will find.

Poppy seeds ready to plant :). The dies used were the Poppy Moments Dies and the Small Bloom Punch. The Poppy holder has been dry embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder.

The last project features the Best Dressed Suite and has a special holder inside for a gift card

We’ve used the Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ DSP for the background and then die cut one of the ‘bag’ cutouts in Lovely Lipstick to create a flat bag for the front of the card. The buckles are cut from Gold Foil and I added a Gold Facted Gem as the clasp for my bag. When you open the card you’ll find a holder for your gift card to sit in.

It’s a bag within a bag – how cool is that. It’s the perfect size for a gift card to fit in. You could put a shop bought voucher inside or you could create your own one. I have yet to add a sentiment to the inside.

Well that’s all for today – I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these projects. Don’t forget you have until Tuesday 2 June to place orders for retiring products from the Mini Catalogue and the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue. From Wednesday 3 June we will be able to order products from the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue – what’s first on your ‘shopping list’?

Until next time …

Stamp Camp 2020 Projects – Bonanza Buddies & Botanical Prints

By | May 31, 2020

Hi there

I’ve finally got round to sorting photos of the projects we made at Stamp Camp earlier this year – better late than never. I’m going to spread them out over two posts – one now and one later this afternoon so be sure to check back later for part two.

First up we have a cute project featuring the Birthday Bonanza Suite from page 32-34 of the Mini Catalgoue.

I love the bright colours of this paper – Terracotta Tile, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay. For this image we stamped the Toucan in Memento Black and coloured his bill with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Cajun Craze. The party hat was stamped with Coastal Cabana then die cut (I trimmed off the excess white) and a white Pompom was the finishing touch.

The inside has a cute pocket for a gift tag or a gift voucher and there is plenty of room to write a message on the left hand side.

The tag is one of the dies included in the Bonanza Dies. The parcels and both sentiments are from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set. The parcels are a two step stamp. This was a fun project to make.

Next up we have a project from the Botancial Prints Product Medley on page 61.

The card base is our Thick Whisper White cardstock. If you haven’t found this yet check out page 169 of the Annual Catalogue – it gives a nice firm base for your cards. The front piece is normal Whisper White and the images have been stamped randomly in Gray Granite – I love this warm tone of gray. Before matting this to a piece of Gray Granite we embossed it using the Subtle Embossing Folder – this gives a ‘linen’ look to the cardstock. The bottom ‘lace’ portion was added after and had been die cut using the Delicate Lace Die.

The flower image has been stamped on a scrap of Whisper White and die cut with the coordinating die from the product medley. I used Purple Posy and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends to colour in. The Old Olive 1/4″ Twill Ribbon has been wrapped around the top then I tied a separate bow and adhered it with a glue dot. The birthday sentiment is from Peaceful Moments and has been heat embossed in white on a Gray Granite label die cut from the Stitched Nested Dies. The three Rhinestones have been coloured in with the Purple Posy Stampin’ Blend. You can just see a portion of the inside of the card which has one of the images stamped across the bottom.

Well that’s all for this morning – check back later today for the final three projects featuring the Forever Blossoms Suite, Poppy Moments and Best Dressed Suite.

Until then …

Double Wonder Cards using Country Club DSP

By | May 30, 2020

Hi there

Technology has been great in keeping us in touch with each other during the Lockdown period. We were meant to have had a Stampin’ Up! event at the beginning of May but due to COVID-19 that got cancelled – so Stampin’ Up! created a Facebook group for all NZ based demos so that we could still connect with each other. We’ve had ‘live’ sessions with special guest appearances from some of the staff at the Home Office in Utah – it’s been great. In one of the ‘live’ sessions we were taught a One Sheet Wonder with a twist. Instead of using one sheet of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper we used two sheets of 6″ x 12″. This gives a few more options of paper designs. Here are the 11 cards I made using the Country Club DSP.

I paired the paper with the coordinating cardstock colours of Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Garden Green, Crushed Curry and added in Basic Grey for one of the cards. I also used some retired ribbon that went with all the papers – Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon.

With the paper being double sided it gave me four design options to mix and match.

To keep it simple I used the same ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on all cards and punched them out using the Tailored Tag and Timeless Label punches. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments set and has been stamped in Night of Navy.

Even though the designs are the same they look quite different with the different papers and placement of the sentiment.

These cards got used up pretty quickly for the staff birthdays and have been well received – my job for tomorrow is to make some more ready for the next round of birthdays. This technique is a great way to use and show off our wonderful DSP but also a quick and easy way to make 11 cards.

Well that’s all for now – I’ll be back tomorrow with some more projects to share from our Creative Inkers Stamp Camp earlier this year.

Until then …

A Good Man – that’s my man

By | May 26, 2020

Hi there

Happy Birthday to Phil (and me). We’ve had a lovely day – a mix of work and a lunch out to celebrate.

I left making his card to the last minute as my preorder of new product from the upcoming annual catalogue got held up with eveyone elses purchases :).

So here’s a sneak peak of a couple of new products – can you spot them?

I CASE’d the design of this card from the new catalogue. ‘A Good Man’ is my ‘go to’ masculine set – I love the line art images as it allows your to colour in with your favourite method and colours. The new In Good Taste Designer Series Paper has 12 different designs and you get two of each design. This design has a real 3D look to it.

The reeds die was a birthday present to myself and thankfully arrived over the weekend so I was able to use them on this card. If you’re quick (before 2nd June) you can purchase them as a bundle along with the stamp set ‘Friend Like You’ and save 10%. They are carrying over to the new catalogue but just not as a bundle.

The sentiment is from the A Good Man stamp set and has been punched with the new Lovely Labels Pick A Punch – this is one punch you will want to add to your shopping list. From the one punch you get to choose three widths and two different end cuts – perfect for layering as I’ve done here.

Well that’s all for now so until next time …

The Gang’s All Meer – Waterfall Card

By | May 25, 2020

Hi there

Not long to go now before the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue is live – if you haven’t received your personal copy of the catalogue and would like one please leave me a comment and I’ll get one sent to you.

I recently needed cards for three boys aged four, nine and ten. I don’t have many stamps suitable for these ages as my nieces and nephews are all older but I still have The Gang’s All Meer. To make this set suitable for all ages I decided to make an interactive card – I love making these – and went with a Waterfall Card. It’s ages since I’ve made one of these.

The card base is Call Me Clover which is retiring at the end of the current catalogue (2 June) and for the mats I’ve used Cajun Craze. The DSP is retired (Animal Expedition) but went well with my cardstock colours.

To get this card ‘working’ you simply pull on the ribbon to see the next ‘scene’.

And there you have it – the final ‘scene’.

And on the inside – ‘the gang’s’ all here.

It’s a big day tomorrow in our house – two birthday’s – so check back tomorrow to see the card I made for Phil.

Until then …

Dressed To Impress – Shoes, Lipstick – Ready to Go

By | May 21, 2020

Hi there

Back in November when we had our OnStage event the Best Dressed Suite was showcased but it didn’t appeal to me so I skipped past this suite. Fast forward to February and our Creative Inkers Stamp Camp. This suite was used for one of our projects and by then end of the weekend I’d placed an order :).

Here are two cards I’ve created for two work colleagues. The first uses the shoes.

This card was inspired after the recipient went on an overseas work trip and when she got ready for the event found she had accidentally packed two left black shoes – oops. So off she went to buy a new pair of shoes to wear for the event. If only she’d taken coloured shoes with her :).

The second card uses the lipstick.

The downside of working from home is missing the morning coffee chats with fellow colleagues – in particular my lovely friend who can wear bold lipsticks. I’m sure these words and images were created just for her 🙂

I had fun making these personalised cards and I know the recipients enjoyed receiving them. Sending cards is a great way to brighten peoples days – how many cards have you sent during the lockdown period?

Well that’s all for now – until next time …

Poppy Moments – Sympathy Card

By | May 18, 2020

Hi there

A while ago I needed a sympathy card so I used the Mini Catalogue for my inspiration – check out page 27 to spot the original card.

Did you notice that one of the dies in the Poppy Moments Die set doesn’t fully cut out the image? The partial die allows the underneath card stock or DSP to show through adding extra dimension to your project.

My colour combo for this card is Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and Garden Green. The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments and has been stamped on Whisper White then punched out using the Timeless Label punch. I created a mat of Garden Green using the same punch. Cut two in your mat colour and cut each one in half – one vertically and the other horizontally then adhere the end bits first and finally the top and bottom.

On the inside of the card I stamped the single poppy image from the Painted Poppies set.

Don’t forget to use the images in the catalogues that have been created by the Design Team for inspiration or just copy them as is.

Until next time …

In The Tropics Card

By | May 17, 2020

Hi there

Here’s a quick fun card I created that uses three products from the Tropical Oasis Suite – page 38-40 of the Mini Catalogue.

I love the texture created by the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and to make it pop even more lightly apply some Crumb Cake ink. There are two ways to achieve this – you can apply the ink directly to the embossing folder before you emboss your card stock or as I’ve done here apply the ink with a sponge or dauber after you’ve done the embossing.

The ‘pineapple’ has been die cut from Pineapple Punch and Old Olive card stock. To apply the pineapple to the card base you could use the Fine Tip Glue or our Multipurpose Liquid Glue – both of these products can be found on page 183 of the Annual Catalogue. The dies used are the In The Tropics Dies – page 40. The strip of paper is from the coordinating Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper.

The sentiment is from the Label Me Bold set on page 36 of the Mini and has been stamped in Pretty Peacock.

I have placed an order for the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogues and am hoping they turn up this week. The tracking information says they are in transit from Auckland Airport to the local depot although I think they are on a Tiki Tour as it’s been saying that since the 12th :). As soon as I receive them I’ll get them out to you – I’m sure you are going to love all the new products.

Until next time …

Timeless Tropical Gate Fold Card

By | May 13, 2020

Hi there

Today’s card features the Tropical Oasis Suite from page 38-40 of the Mini Catalogue. I don’t own this suite but was fortunate to spend some time with one of my team members who did.

This is a Gate Fold card with a difference.

When it’s opened up it looks like somebodies had a bite of the cardstock 🙂

To create the die cut in the card front stamp the leaf image in Pear Pizzazz on a piece of cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 14.8cm. I stamped mine in groups of 3 but you can do whatever design you want. Cut the cardstock in half and attach to your Whisper White card base. Close the card front and place the hibiscus die in the centre towards the top. Secure it with washi tape on one side only. Open the card up (you will have part of the die hanging over the edge of the card base) and run it through your die cutting machine. Do not remove the die. Close your card again and tape the die to the other uncut side of the card. Now you can remove the tape from the original side that has been cut. Run you card through the die machine and (hopefully) you will a fully cut hibiscus from the card front.

Stamp the hibiscus image on a piece of Whisper White, colour it in (I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends) and die cut it out. I closed the card front and in pencil drew the outline on the Pear Pizzazz inside then stamped my leaf images (don’t forget to rub out the pencil). To adhere the hibiscus I closed the card and placed the stamped image into the cutout onto the Pear Pizzazz inside. You could replicate this card with a number of images – all you need is for a stamp to have a coordinating die.

Well that’s all for tonight. I have one more card to share from the Timeless Tropical suite so check back soon.

Until then …

Magnolia Lane Pendant Fold Mother’s Day Cards

By | May 10, 2020

Hi there

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mum’s, Aunt’s, Grandmother’s and those women who have had an impact on our lives – I hope you’ve all had a lovely day. Mother’s Day 2020 is definitely one we won’t be forgetting in a hurry. In previous years I’ve created a little something to give to the women at Church but as we aren’t meeting at the moment I decided to make cards and post them out.

I ended up using two difference paper designs from the Magnolia Lane paper pack.

The card base is Thick Whisper White with a Petal Pink mat. The Sentiment if from Dressed to Impress (which is carrying over to the 2020-2021 AC) and has been stamped in Mossy Meadow. I did all my die cutting first – 35 of the Whisper White and 70 of the Mossy Meadow :). As I was making 35 of these cards I used my Stamparatus and had the sentiments stamped in no time at all.

And here’s the ‘flap’ opened so you get to see the full paper design.

The DSP measures 5 1/2″ x 6″ – I used one of the cut off potions on the inside of the card as seen below.

And here’s the little gift bag I made to go with my Mum’s card using the All Dressed Up dies – it’s filled with Toblerone chocolate – she’ll have to wait a bit for her really present 🙂

And here’s the card and gift together – Mum loved it.

Well that’s it for Mother’s Day 2020 – I hope you’ve had a lovely day. Until next time …

Music from the Heart – Happy Birthday Music card

By | May 8, 2020

Hi there

I’ve really enjoyed using the Million Dollar stamp set inspired by Dawn Olchefske called Music from the Heart. When I first saw this set in the Mini Catalogue I knew of a number of people that would be receiving a card using this set – one is a work colleague who had a birthday last month. Even though her chosen instrument is a harp and the images are of pianos or guitars I decided to ‘stamp’ the music to Happy Birthday.

Thanks to Mr Google for providing the sheet music for Happy Birthday. After stamping the ‘score’ lines and using the single music note away I stamped to create the music so my recipient could play ‘Happy Birthday’ on her harp :). Using the journaling pen I added the final touches to my score.

The mat is Bermuda Bay and the sentiment – from Well Wishes – is also Bermuda Bay.

My colleague sent me a video clip of her playing the harp using the music from the card – Happy Birthday 🙂

Until next time …

Rooted in Nature – Sympathy Card

By | May 6, 2020

Hi there

I find sympathy cards one of the hardest to create and even more so when they need to be masculine based. Since we’ve been in lockdown I’ve needed to create two sympathy cards for male colleagues who have lost family members (thankfully not due to COVID-19).

Rooted in Nature

I CASE’d this layout from a card by Jacque Williams. I made a few changes to accommodate my sentiment and products I had. That’s the great thing with CASEing – it gives you a start for personalising or you can copy it exactly.

I don’t normally make multiples of cards but I loved the layout and it was quicker to do two than have to try and find another design :).

The card base is Thick Very Vanilla with a Early Espresso mat and a Very Vanilla front. The circle was partially cut using the Stitched Shapes from Crumb Cake with an Early Espresso mat.

To colour my tree I used a mix of ink pads and marker. To start I stamped the greenery with Pear Pizzaz then using a dauber inked with Mossy Meadow ‘daubered’ around the edge of the stamp. Before stamping I applied the Early Espresso Marker to the trunk of the tree. Give it a little ‘huff’ and stamp.

This stamp set has a coordinating die set – Nature’s Roots – which includes cutting and embossing only dies. The ‘tree’ is cut using a die and then in the corner I used one of the emboss only dies.

Emboss only die

Here’s a close up of the embossed leaf. There are three dies of this style in the set. To create this effect you need to use the embossing mats. I love this subtle addition to the card which still keeps it masculine.

This is a set that I haven’t used that much so I’m glad it’s carrying over to the new catalogue. I will definitely get it inked up a bit more.

Until the next time …

Painted Poppies – Masking Technique

By | May 4, 2020

Hi there

I had a very productive weekend crafting and hope to share some of my projects with you over the coming week.

Now that we are in Alert Level 3 Stampin’ Up! has commenced shipping again – yay – so if you are in need of supplies please let me know as I will be placing an order tomorrow evening.

Today’s project is one I created for one of my card classes and haven’t got round to sharing. It uses the lovely Painted Poppies set which is carrying over to the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and the masking technique.

The card base is Poppy Parade with a mat of Basic Black and then the card front is Shimmery White. I used Shimmery White as it’s a bit softer in tone and also better for colouring in with a Blender Pen. The stems have been coloured in with Old Olive ink and a Blender Pen. Poppy Parade ink was used for the unopened poppy.

The outline images are stamped first in Memento Black and then with Poppy Parade. We used a ‘mask’ for the bottom Poppies stamping the left one first, applying the mask then stamping the right one. When it came to stamping the stem image we needed two masks to cover the top and bottom right Poppies. The stem image actually has a flower attached but by using the masking technique you can use just the stem.

And here’s the inside of the card where you can see the full stamped image of the flower with the stem. The masking technique allows you to get two images from the one set.

Until next time …