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Brand New! 2017-2019 Five New In-Colours! Comparion and Inventory Charts!

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I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!  Today’s share is a long one, but with lots of resources and goodies!  Please have a read all the way to the end.   All the card samples are using the new Colorful Seasons Bundle.  

I want to introduce you to the five new Stampin’ Up! colours:

Please meet Fresh Fig:

 

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The flowers are in Fresh Fig as well.     Fresh Fig is a very rich, dark wine sort of colour.

 

Please meet Tranquil Tide:

From top to bottom, the colours used here are Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tranquil Tide, and Always Artichoke.   As demonstrated in the video below, Tranquil Tide is very much an “in between” colour.  It will definitely change character depending on which colours you use it with!

 

Please meet Berry Burst:

From top to bottom we have Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry, and Fresh Fig.  The chair is also in Berry Burst.   This colour is a purple-pink with a good amount of vibrancy.

 

Please meet Lemon Lime Twist:

I predict this will be the most popular colour of the five!  Think fresh granny smith apples here.  From top to bottom, I have used Lemon LIme Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke.   The leaf is also out of Lemon Lime Twist.

 

Please meet Powder Pink:

Colours from top to bottom are Pink Pirouette, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, and Rose Red.  Powder Pink is soft purpley-pink, perfect for subtle projects or perhaps baby cards.

Please keep in mind that you can buy all five of these ink pads in a bundle for virtually the same price as buying four of them individually. This is your best deal!

 

Please also download your Free In-Colour Inventory Chart and Free In-Colour Combination Idea Chart!

Enjoy the video below:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous – with Free Video Tutorial!

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Happy first day of June and the first day of our new Annual Catalogue!  I had a great deal of fun putting through orders (mostly for myself!) this morning. There is nothing quite inspiring like a few new toys!

Today’s share is a fun Double Front Window Card using the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle:

 

Please also note the gorgeous, fantastic, versatile Wood Textures papers used here!  How I love these!  Wonderful with flowers, masculine, teens, baby — just anything at all!  I encourage all of you to put these beauties on your first order!

 

The front panel of the card features a window, which I encourage you to watch the video below to see just how I did that to create the matted frame.  The second layer of the card showcases a second wood print with a bit of stamping.

 

The Happy Birthday Die makes for a more interesting window here, but also consider you can cut the two words apart and use them separately for even more versatility!

Please take a few moments to watch my video and see how to make a card like this:

 

Thanks so much for stopping by – I appreciate each and every one of you!  I hope you are enjoying the new catalogue and I look forward to another Stampin’ Up! year of inspiration, laughs and fun!  Please join us for a class!

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Cool Treats Pocket Page and Scrapbooking Layout – and Last Day for Retiring Stock!

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And it’s already the last day of May!  I am surely glad it’s been a mild winter so far!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to order from the Retiring List (and check out the Clearance Rack while there).   Good bargains to be had and there are always items that are sorely missed.  Please do have a look before midnight tonight.

Today’s share is a scrapbooking layout I designed months ago and never posted.   These yummy papers are being discontinued as of tomorrow, so today is the day to post:

 

I’ve used the Cool Treats Bundle along with the Sprinkles Embellishments and the coordinating Designer Series Paper.   How I adore these fresh, miniature ice blocks!   It’s easy to create the different shades of the same colour even with one ink pad:

  1. Stamp off (onto a scrap) and then stamp your project for a lighter colour.  You can even stamp off multiple times
  2. Or stamp over the same spot twice for a darker colour.  So easy!

 

 

The design for this layout came from the Demonstrator-Only magazine, Impressions.  They had a sample done in different papers and images, and I adapted to what I wanted to use.  We are very inundated with inspiration being Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators – finding ideas is no problem at all!!!

With the new catalogue launching tomorrow, it’s a great time to join my team, enjoy a discount, attend team gatherings and trainings, and start your own small or big business!  Find out more HERE.

 

I forget to to this, but using die cuts and tone on tone paper is a great look.  And what an inexpensive and easy way to embellish or create a background, too.

 

I also created up a simple Pocket Page to go along with the layout, seeing as it was only a single page layout.  Pocket Pages are a great way to add in a lot more photos; you can just slip these pages in with your standard 12×12 pages.    I’d put a lot more photos on this than I have here; I just put all the embellishments facing one way for ease of my students and the photography.

Thank you so much for stopping by and see you tomorrow in a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue year!

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Remarkable You in Wood!

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Hi friends!  I’ve been absent for a week or so in the blogging world; I’ve just been occupied with an extra daughter and my husband at home last week plus being very busy preparing for a big scrapbooking and cardmaking class over the weekend.  But after getting the house back in order today and replenishing the frig, I’m back!

Today’s share is one that I CASE’d from the current (for a few more days!) catalogue while switching up the image and doing a bit of watercoloring.

 

I never thought I’d say this, but the colour orange has really grown on me!  Here I’ve used PeekaBoo Peach and Tangerine Tango for the flower.  I used the Shimmer White cardstock and Aquapainters for painting.    And yes I know magnolias are white, but this is art.  😉

The stamp set is a gorgeous set called Remarkable You – large open flowers and a couple of easy sentiments.

 

The background is a printed paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Stack – an extremely versatile and popular one! And it’s only available for a few more days!

There is a new paper stack coming on Thursday that is entirely woodgrains, but they are more natural colours, not the blues and greens in the Serene Scenery pack above. Both options are beautiful!   Hey, we like those wood papers in any colour they come.

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to check out the Retiring Products List – there are just a few days left to grab these before they are gone!

 

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Paisleys & Posies Quick & Easy Card!

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Thursday night and the weather is cold and rainy here in Auckland!  Nice night to be tucked up inside.

Today’s share is a card idea I found on Pinterest last year, and it’s such a winner!  I am using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set here with a variety of colours.  I love projects that look so great with simplicity (actually I love all great-looking projects!):

 

Start by stamping your various paisley images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  Choose any colour combination that appeals, but here I’ve used Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler.   (You can browse all 50 colours of ink pads HERE).

The placement isn’t exact – just decide on the sort of shape you want to create and start with the largest image first and work down to the smallest image.  Finish off with some Enamel Dots and/or Rhinestones.

 

As for the words, you can use any of your die cuts and coordinating stamps.  Crazy for You is a fantastic option (sadly retiring at the end of May!) and so is Sunshine Sayings (this one is staying for another year).

Basically we are stamping a flat background and then making one simple die cut the focal point.

I’ve matted this up a few times to add a bit more interest, too.  This also makes for a nice, sturdy greeting card.

 

And tassels are quite trendy at the moment; you and I will be seeing a lot more of tassels!  They sure do add an element of posh to a project.

Give this one a go!  If you don’t already have a demonstrator and live in New Zealand, I’d be happy to get you the products you need.  Alternatively, you can browse online:

Thanks for stopping by!  I sure do appreciate your support, your enthusiasm, and your friendship!

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An Old Truck Card – One for the Guys

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Today’s share is a masculine card that has sat on my desk; I’ve enjoyed it every time I sit down to work.   This colour Cajun Craze . . . . it’s really a great one to mix in with the darker colours, especially for masculine projects.  I really like it here on this old truck in the Country Livin’ stamp set:

 

I’ve stamped this cool truck using the Archival Black because it doesn’t bleed when watercoloured.  Then coloured this guy in with Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, and Smokey Slate.  I used an AquaPainter here; you could also use a Blender Pen, but it won’t have the watercoloured look quite the same.  

I used the Shimmer White cardstock here; it’s far superior to Whisper White for watercolouring.   If you haven’t seen the resource sheet for our cardstocks, please feel free to download. I hope it will be very useful for you.

 

It’s very faint in the photo, but I also did  a was in the background using Soft Sky (how appropriate).  All you need to do here is use a lot of water and just a little ink and keep it moving.  Just “wash” it around the background area for soft colour.

I also added a bit of the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the windows and let dry. Did you know it works like a clear lacquer as well?  Great stuff!

 

I’ll be sending this card to my father who is a real collector of old junk . . . I mean antiques.  There is quite a charm about old trucks, though, especially when they have as good of a paint job as this one on the card has!

I’d love to have you in a class with me during May!  Please check out my Calendar for this month and see if anything fits into your schedule.   Don’t forget we also have our Extravaganzas coming up before we know it!

 

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Tarnished Foil Vintage Butterflies!

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Hi friends!  And a big Happy Mother’s Day to all women and to all dads going at it alone.  It’s wonderful as a parent to be appreciated. I received a lovely, heartfelt letter from my middle daughter, Kjirsti.  It’s moments like those that make it all so rewarding.

Today’s share is a Tarnished Foil technique project – one technique that I’ve wanted to try for a while.  This is a great one for cards for the guys, but, as you can see here, it also makes a super background for a more vintage look:

 

This technique is reasonably easy to achieve.  The key is to start with our fabulous Silver Foil cardstock.  

  1. Emboss with the Woodlands Embossing Folder.  I’ve seen it with the trees coming “out” as above and with the trees going “in” and actually, either looks great!
  2. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad
  3. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Silver Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  4. Tap lightly with a Versamark and use Copper Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat.
  5. Rub lightly with a black Staz-On pad.

 

Sadly, both the butterfly images and the two coordinating punches are being discontinued.  Both winners!  Please be sure to check out the Retiring List and the Clearance Rack.

I have layered the butterflies on top of the gorgeous background without any further embellishment. I thought it best to let the background speak for itself.

 

I will be teaching this project in my classes in May; I’d love to have you along!  Please see my Calendar Page for a class nearest to you.   I’d also be happy to schedule a regular or one-off class with you and your friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

P.S. The new Annual Catalogue is live 1 June!   Come to a class in May or message me to receive your copy!

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Bookcase Builder Altered Notebook – Cute Small Gift Idea!

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My personal favorite projects are taking something rather ordinary and making them extra special!   All you need is an inexpensive notebook.  I’ve used the small 1B4 notebooks and cut them in half here.   I’ve shared something like this before, but I’ve done up some leftover kits with current images and came up with these cuties:

 

I used the Bookcase Builder stamp set to embellish these little purse-sized notebooks for something a bit different.   I love how one can put various little things on each shelf, perhaps making the images and project personal to a particular person or to yourself.  Plus it’s fun!

I was thinking these would be a nice little book for writing down those funny things kids say, memories, keeping lists, spiritual thoughts, inspiration, creative colour combinations as you see them . . .

I also made up a more pastel version using the Subtles colour palette.

I simply cut a notebook in half and then covered it with the Kraft cardstock (you could use any colour, of course).   Then stamped the images on white, matted and adhered to the front.

 

I really enjoyed making this and love how they turned out!   Fortunately, this Bookcase Builder is staying with us for another year, and I look forward to using it on more projects!

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring LIst and the Clearance Rack before those items on your wish list are gone – and grab a bargain while you’re at it!

And if you’re in New Zealand and are my customer or don’t already have a demonstrator, let me know if you’d like a copy of the new catalogue. I can’t wait to share all the new, exciting colours, images, tools, and products with you!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay dry tonight,

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