Perpetual Calendar Class

A couple of weeks ago I ran a Perpetual Calendar Class for anyone who was interested in creating one.

The perpetual birthday calendar kit can be found on page 17 of the new occasions catalogue. It’s got loads of items included to complete your calendar, but it works best when you coordinate it with the matching stamp set – Perpetual Birthday Calendar. All the little stamped images are going to be very versatile for PL and adding a little extra to cards.
I decided to ‘add’ some extras for our class and used things like the owl punch and various other stamp sets to complete the calendar.
The ladies that came along loved the class.
Here is an overview of what we created! Hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Mini treat bag

I needed something to put a gift card in for a birthday today, so had some fun creating this little one.

I have used the Mini Treat Bag Framelit – which I LOVE – and a couple of different stamp sets to complete the front.
The wonderful new ‘Celebrate Today’ set along with ‘In this Together’ and using colours Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Strawberry Slush to colour the Irresistably Yours Paper in the background. Top it off with a bit of bling from our Bermuda Bay sequin trim and you’re done! 
I also used the Mini Treat Bag Framelits to hold gifts for my ladies attending class last week.  They loved them!

Perfect Blend

Hi all, 

Just a quick post to show you one of my recent creations. 
I have had my eye on the Perfect Blend set for quite a while now and had happened to order it just in time for a friend’s birthday. 
We love sharing a good coffee, so it seemed very appropriate!
I did CASE most of the card from Pinterest, but swapped the colours for what I had on hand and added some more Gorgeous Grunge Splashes to the background ( I cannot tell you how much I Love gorgeous Grunge for adding that little bit ‘extra’ to a background ).
My friend loved the card too!
What do you think?

ESAD 2015 Occasions and Saleabration Blog Hop

โ€œWhat is ESAD?

 ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

 We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.โ€

Welcome to the ESAD 2015 Occasions and Saleabration Blog Hop.

You may have arrived here from Nerida’s Blog, or you may be beginning right here with me. WELCOME!!  All you need to do is continue through everyone’s blog posts until you come full circle.

I hope you are prepared to be inspired by all the fabulous ideas that these talented ladies will show you.

I wanted to share my Lotus Blossom project with you all. I fell in love with the Lotus Blossom stamp set as soon as I saw it. How awesome that this gorgeous stamp can be yours for FREE with Saleabration. I think its one of the BEST freebies ever!

I used it to make this gorgeous card holder.  It holds the 3 cards and matching envelopes and would be perfect to give as a gift.  You could do the cards in all the same colours or different colours, like I have.  I have used coordinating inks to create my flowers – for example the base stamp of one of the flowers is Crisp Cantaloupe and the other two images are stamped in Calypso Coral – with the second image stamped off once, before stamping onto the card.  A bit of Gorgeous Grunge and some In Colour Sequins jazz up the cards nicely.

Have a play with this gorgeous stamp. It looks great with a single colour stamped off or using two coordinating colours.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop. Now head on over to the talented Rachael Lewsley’s blog – My Stampin Haven here and see what she has created for you.

 And here is a list of everyone participating in the blog hop:

1. Libby Dyson – http://www.libbystampz.com
2. Bernice Collins – http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/creativeedge/blog
3. Narelle Hoggard – http://www.handmadebynarelle.wordpress.com
4. Leonie Schroder – http://www.stamp-a-latte.com
5. Jenny Hayward – http://www.astampingjourney.wordpress.com
6. Tamsin Adams – http://tamsinadams.blogspot.com.au
7. Helen Williams – http://craftyhelen.blogspot.com
8. Pauline Bennetts – http://www.paulinebennetts.com/stampede
9. Monique Fielder – http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au
10. Nicole Wilson – http://nicolejuliewilson.blogspot.com.au
11. Keryn Campbell – http://kerynscards.com
12. Clare Mcilhatton – http://www.crafty-cow.com
13. Ria Kaire – http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/qraftyqueen/blog
14. Kathryn Ruddick – http://www.katlodesigns.com
15. Sally Williams – http://sallystampingdelights.blogspot.co.nz/
16. Tricia Raineri – http://www.thespeckledsparrow.blogspot.com.au
17. Nerida Carter – http://www.stampingjoy.blogspot.com
18. Mel Pagano – http://createwithmel.blogspot.com.au – you are here ๐Ÿ™‚
19. Rachael Lewsley – http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au
20. Amity Knight – http://www.stampinamity.com.au
21. Kelly Kent – http://mypapercraftjourney.com
22. Norelle Targato – http://rellspaperink.wordpress.com

Four Feathers Thank You Gift Card

I always like to add a little Thank You card ( and sometimes a surprise gift ) to the lovely ladies who place orders through me.

Often those thank you cards end up being quite floral because they’re just so….well….pretty!
So I was just a wee bit excited when some of my new goodies arrived this week and I got to play.
I used the Four Feathers stamp set and dies bundle that is still available in the Occasions Catalogue as a Returning Favorite to create these ‘not so girly’ Thank You Gift Cards.
These cards are using Lost Lagoon and Smokey Slate. I have added speckles from Gorgeous Grunge (one of my absolute go to sets!) and the background from the new Perpetual Birthday Calender Set.
Add a twist or two of the Painted petals cotton twine that has had the threads separated and you have created a gift card.

Lost Lagoon base 3 1/2″ squared.
Whisper White 3 1/4″ squared.
I hope you enjoy making some of your own ๐Ÿ™‚

Top Note die Owl

Today was one of my most favorite days of the Stampin Up Year. Today was our team day!!

Our team is one of the most supportive, amazing teams. We are known as the Eureka Stampers and It’s truly a blessing to be a part of it!
We support each other on our private team page and via messages etc. but there is nothing better than getting together as a massive group! We gather together to share and inspire each other and of course stamp and create!
So let me share with you some of our creations.
We began with creating our own name badges for the event.
I wanted to make one that kind of represented me – I love owl’s and chocolate – so I made this…

I first saw this owl as a card at Bronywn Eastley’s blog and fell in love. I made it as a badge though, not a card. How CUTE is he! His little stick says ‘ All you need in life is a friend who has chocolate – I’m that friend’ – it’s from the retired Eat Chocolate stamp set that I was very excited to have found a couple of weeks ago! 
Here is one I made for one of our team mates that has recently had a baby…

Here is a couple of pictures of us at the event….

And our make and take goodies using the Choose Happiness Satmp set.

And just a little something extra from our ‘play’ area… This one uses that amazing Irresistably Yours DSP that’s FREE from Saleabaration with every $90 order placed. I have just sponged it using Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight. I’m really looking forward to using these in my PL pages.

WOW. That’s a lot for one blog post! Lol.
If you have EVER considered joining Stampin Up I would love to have you join our team and see for yourself how wonderful and supportive we all are. Saleabration also has some lovely extra bonuses if you decide to join now ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel free to Contact me to discuss this further.

Irresistibly Yours Butterfly Basics

Here is a card I that we have been making at classes this week.

It is using the butterfly basics stamp set and the Irresistably Yours DSP from Saleabration.
Now that paper is not much to look at in the catalogue. In fact I have had a few people say they didn’t like it from what they saw in the catty, but when they used it in class and understood what it was – they fell in love!!!…This paper is GORGEOUS! 
It is white on white and pre embossed so you can just add colour ( or leave it plain ). Colour it anyway you want – spritz, ink, sponge or dauber!!! It makes a beautiful, quick and easy addition to spice up any card.
It also happens to fall into the Casing the Catty Challenge again this week of using some Saleabration DSP. Take a look at all the gorgeous creations HERE.  I am really enjoying playing along.
So what are you waiting for….every $90 earns you a free item from Saleabration. You can shop online and have the items delivered directly to your door anywhere in Australia….
So jump on board and play along ๐Ÿ™‚

Bokeh Technique

I have been seeing this technique around A LOT lately and have been dying to try it.

I finally got the chance and I think it makes a fantastic background – especially for male cards to liven them up a little.
I will definately be doing a class on this, so keep an eye out in my newsletters for further information.
You can sign up for my newsletter in the left hand side bar.
The bokeh technique is a lighting effect for photographs, but it’s very easy to replicate on a card.

I have entered this card into the Casing the Catty (CTC) Challenge. It’s my first challenge! You can find out more about CTC Here

have also used one of our Saleabration sets that you can earn for FREE with with every $90 purchase! How awesome is that!!
Happy crafting everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Blendabilities

Hi all,

I just had to share these gorgeous cards with you, coloured using our Blendabilities. 
Whilst the stamped image is not Stampin’ Up! – the rest is. And this little girl is a great way to practice your colouring skills and blending and shades of light and dark.  I have had plenty of practice on our Blended Bloom stamp, but this was nice for something different.
I have tried a few techniques with blending. I feel they are different than copics in that I don’t put a layer of the lightest colour first. I start with my dark shade and blend out from there.
Don’t be discouraged if at first your colouring doesn’t seem quite right! The great thing is they look awesome with little effort – but practice, practice, practice and you get the hang of it! 
And right now you can earn Blendabilites FREE with Saleabration! 
Happy Colouring everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

Weekly Deals

Hi everyone.

I hope you have all had a marvellous, restful holidays! I have had a very busy break so far, but now it’s time to start returning to the reality of my ‘real’ job, getting ready for school to go back and kids sport gearing up again! Uuggghhhh! 
My ultimate reality would be being able to sit and play in my craft room all day and watch the world go by! But as I was saying….reality……
I thought I would share this weeks weekly deals with you as there are some fabulous punches that are discounted!

I also wanted to let you know that I will be running a class on Saturday the 28th of Feb at 1pm to complete the gorgeous new Perpetual Calendar Kit from the occasions catalogue. I have had a chance to look at this kit up close and it is soooooo nice! It even comes in the gorgeous box that you see in the pic, with no labels so you can gift it if you would like to!

Just use the contact me button at the top of the page if you are interested in attending and I can give you all the details ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy Crafting everyone!