Thursday, 1 November 2012

INK-redible Hostess Promotion

Hostesses who hold a minimum $650 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads*-they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals.  Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits-INK-credible!

Christmas Gift With Purchase Promotion

Christmas Gift Promotion

It's only November, but Stampin' Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Bundle.

Choose from the following options:

Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Retail Value    $96.85
Special Price   $82.90

Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Retail Value    $84.85
Special Price   $70.90


Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle of stamps (wood-mount) and Framelits, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Retail Value   $123.85
Special Price   $109.90

Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle of stamps (clear-mount) and Framelits, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Retail Value     $113.85
Special Price   $99.90

Monday, 22 October 2012

I'm Back! and trying to catch up

Hello everyone,

I'm back from my jaunt in the USA, boy that's a looong flight back, very tiring, and therefore I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things.

Here's what's been happening:

1. Stampin Up's October Promotion:  "It's Spool Time!"

Until October 31, for every $60 you spend on Stampin Up products from either catalogue, you may choose a spool of the gorgeous In Colour Stitched Satin ribbon for free!  There are 5 colours to choose from:  Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green and Midnight Muse.  There are no limits, so you can get them all!  Email me with your order or call me to work out what you would like to choose.  I have all of them, so if you'd like to drop by to see them in real life then please give me a call.

2.  Twelve Weeks of Christmas

I'm a bit behind in this as I couldn't access everything while I was away (and I was on holidays, so really wanted to relax rather than work).  I'll get onto this today so hopefully in the next few days you will start receiving the ideas - I have rather a LOT to choose from, so it will take a while to pick out the best 12 for you.  What I'll do is work out the schedule, send you a few every couple of days to catch up, and then send the rest on the weekly basis of the original schedule.

3.  October Newsletter

Another thing I want to send out this week, so keep an eye on your inbox for it.

4.  Christmas Ornament Classes

Do you want to make the fabulous Christmas Ornament on the front of the Holiday Catalogue?  I'll be running classes on making it, with all materials supplies (BYO glues - check with me first if they are suitable).  The first one will be held on Saturday 27th October, from 1pm.  Cost is $25.

5.  Ribbon and Embellishment Shares

As explained in my September newsletter, I'll be running shares of the ribbons and embellishments in the Holiday and Annual catalogues, so that you can get useable selections of all the ribbons and embellishments without having to buy whole spools or packets.  Email or call me if you would like to join in.

Well, that's it for now,
Happy Stamping,

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Catalogue Product Shares

Do you love all of the embellishments and ribbons, but don’t want to buy whole rolls or packs? Me too, so I thought I would offer what we call product shares for the first time this year.  You can join one, some, or all of the shares listed below, and you may order double shares if you wish.

I would love to show you pictures, but Blogger is not great for showing a bunch of thumbnails together.

Annual Catalogue Shares:


You will receive a 6x6 piece of each of the 6 sheets in each pack. So this is a total of 84 6x6 pieces from 14 packs: Natural Composition (specialty), First Edition (specialty), Comfort Café, World Spectacular, Floral District, Storytime, Polka Dot Parade, International Bazaar, Be of Good Cheer, Birds of a Feather, Patio Party, Fan Fair, Summer Smooches, Twitterpated.

 10 In Colour Dahlias (2 of each colour), 6 Vintage faceted Buttons (2 ea of 3 designs), 6 Naturals Buttons (2 ea of 3 designs)


1/8 roll (approx. 1.15m of each colour) 8 colours – Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Rose Red, Very Vanilla.


1/8 roll (approx. 1.15m of each colour) 10 colours – Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Tangerine Tango.

1/8” TAFFETA RIBBON SHARE (p172):  $13

1/8 roll (approx. 1.15m of each colour) 10 colours – Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla.


1/8 roll (approx. 1.15m of each colour) 5 colours - Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple.


1/8 roll (approx. 1.15m of each colour) 5 colours – Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder.

BAKERS TWINE SHARE (p 172):  $11

1/8 roll (approx. 2.8m of each colour) 8 colours – Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder.

1/8 roll (approx. 1.15m of each colour) 10 colours - Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi.

Holiday Catalogue Shares

Eight way share of 4 papers.  You will receive a 6x6 piece of each of the 6 sheets in each pack. So this is a total of 24 6x6 pieces:  Candlelight Christmas (specialty), Snow Festival, Howlstooth and Scaringbone, Orchard Harvest

2 Flourish Designer Frames (silver) and 4 silver mini brads, 4 Designer buttons (brushed bronze), 4 Designer Ribbon Slides.

1/8 roll (approx. 1.15m of each, 8 lengths) - Striped Satin (black/grey), Cotton (natural), Sweater Trim (Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White) , Scalloped Tulle (Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso).

Four way share of 3 core'dinations colours - you will receive 3 12x12 sheets of the 3 colours (Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gumball Green).  A total of 9 sheets.  You will also receive 12 sheets of the Festival of Prints Stack (1 of each design) 11.4 x 16.5cm

Here’s how it will work:
Closing date to sign up for shares is Friday 19th October
I'll then place the order, sort and package and then post your share out to you or let you know it is ready to pick up (early November).
Postage will be at Australia Post rates and is not included in the share price.
Payment can be made in cash (in person only), Paypal or direct deposit.  Email me with your Share selections, and to sort out payment.

Important notice:  These shares are for AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Advance Notice: 12 Weeks of Christmas is coming

I've just finished my card sample for a group I'm in where everyone creates a project and then shares the ideas with the group. The projects include cards, gift ideas and bags/tags/wrapping ideas for Christmas.

Then in October we start sharing the ideas in our "12 weeks of Christmas", where each week you will receive an email containing an idea for a project, listing the supplies needed and instructions on how to make it.

I won't be sharing any of the ideas on the blog, it will only be available to my newsletter subscribers.  If you are not on my mailing list yet, you will miss out.  Last year was the first time I did this and it was a hit.

So what are you waiting for?  Sign up for my newsletter mailing list today so you don't miss any of the great ideas!

Happy stamping,

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Christmas card by Tamara

Another simple and elegant card by Tamara. Here she's used the Holiday Frame embossing folder on the front of the card, and inside used a couple of the framelits dies, one from the Bitty Banners set, and the other from the Apothecary Accents set.

She's used the coordinations cardstock for the card base, and sanded the embossing for a distressed effect, and added some glitter as well.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

The Artfull Stampers Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

I hope that you've all been enjoying the gorgeousness of the Annual Catalogue. The Holiday Catalogue also went live on the 1st of September, but we thought we'd give you a couple of weeks to get into it before we bombarded you with the beautiful things the Holiday Catty brings!!!
So another Artfull Stampers Hop ~ this time to celebrate the Holiday Catalogue Launch!! You may have hopped here from Karlie’s Blog.  I’m stop # 10 on the Hop and I’m glad you're here sharing in the fun!!

Here's my contribution: 

I have just learned how to make one of these cascading cards, and decided to use some of the paper and elements from the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' kit. I added a few other bits and pieces as well.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:  Greetings of the Season, Scentsational Season
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Big Shot, Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Mat and Piercing Tool, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies

Now click on the link to Michelle's blog for the next stop on our Hop. I am sure you will find lots of wonderful ideas there to inspire you. And in case you get lost or there are broken links just pop back here for the full list of stampers taking part in this hop.

Alisa Tilsner -
Madonna -
Melissa -
Christina Barnes -
Anna -
Alison Barclay -
Nicole Derendorf -
Kay Koufalakis -
Stamping With Karlie -
Tina Hewett -  YOU ARE HERE
Michelle Bartholomaeus -
Kathryn Carr -

Don't forget to leave comment love as you trip along the hop from blog to blog. We like to know what you think about the things we've been doing!!

Happy blog hopping,

Friday, 14 September 2012

Catalogue Launch Party make and take

This is the project that everyone who came to my Catalogue launch party weekend made. It's a little pouch you put a packet of hot chocolate in, and would make a nice gift for someone.

I got the idea from a US demonstrator by the name of Dawn, and adapted the size for our cardstock. I ended up putting real red narrow taffeta ribbon through the holes to tie it together.

I've used the Scentsational Season stamp set and matching Holiday Frames framlits, and one of the Window Frames framelits to make the mat for the cup.

Everyone enjoyed making these, and it was suitable for beginners and experienced stampers to make.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Just Believe by Tamara

Sorry it's been a while since I posted a card, I was totally wiped out after the weekend's launch parties, and it's taken a while to recover.

Anyway, my friends Tamara, Jenny and Heather came over for our monthly get-together, so I have a few cards to show.

This one is a lovely elegant card by Tamara, using the Just Believe stamp set.  I love the little butterflies added to the card to give it dimension, as well as the little jewels.

Don't forget you can place an order anytime through me, just send me an email. Unfortunately we don't have online ordering in Australia yet.

Oh, nearly forgot, my team has another blog hop happening this Saturday, so be sure to come by and join in the fun.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Re-organising my studio, continued

As you can see, I've filled my Expedit book shelves...

There's still more work to be done, it will take a while.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Sneak Peak for Catalogue Launch Party

I've been busy in the studio getting ready for this weekend's new catalogue launch party.

Here's a sneak peak at the make and take.

Make and Take Sneak Peak

I'm looking forward to the weekend, it should be fun!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Christmas Star Ornament by Jenny

Jenny showed me this Christmas star ornament she made last week, which folds up to be posted in the mail. I can see lots of possibilities with this one, using Designer Series Paper, or stamping plain cardstock with different Christmas stamps.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Re-organising my Studio

I'm fortunate to have a separate Studio for my stamping and scrapbooking. It's located to the side of my house and is about 20' x 16' (I think, from memory). This is where I run my scrapbooking workshops and card making classes.

Over the years I've accumulated a lot of stuff, and it's time to reorganise it so I can get to what I want and make it work more efficiently. A while ago I bought 2 new Expedit shelving units from IKEA, and my husband found time to put one together for me a couple of days ago.

Here is the before area that needs organising - my stamping stuff is piled on a table against the wall, and under the table is stuff I don't use much. I have my paper in 5 expanding files - some are hidden as they are towards the back of the table, and they are hard to get to. The wicker basket contains my retired stuff, it sits on a set of drawers that contain some old stamps and stamp pads. My Big Shot Doctors bag (containing my Big Shot) sits on a couple of boxes that contain dies and embossing folders.

Anyway, here's the next stage (taken at night).
Will everything fit in it? No, but I want to use this for all the things I use regularly, and then get rid of the stuff I don't use.

I have another Expedit unit waiting to be assembled, which will be used for lots of scrapbooking stuff.

When I have made more progress I'll show you some more photos of my Studio...

Monday, 3 September 2012

New Catalogue Launch Party!

For those readers who are local to me in South Australia, I'll be having a New Catalogue Launch Party this weekend to celebrate the new Stampin Up Catalogues.

There are 2 sessions to choose from, so it won't be too crowded:
  • Saturday September 8, 1 - 4 pm
  • Sunday September 9, 1 - 4 pm
 I only have a limited supply of new catalogues on hand, so book early to reserve your copy.

Come along and pick up your new Catalogues and Goody Bag of product samples, enjoy new product demonstrations and displays, and create a Make-and-Take project. While you are here, visit our Craft Garage Sale of discontinued Stampin Up products.

If you're on my mailing list you should have received an email with the details, if you didn't receive the email and you would like to come along, please email me by September 5.

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, 2 September 2012

New Stampin Up Catalogues are Live

The new Stampin Up Catalogues are now live and can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF for viewing on your iPad or other tablet...

Click on the cover of the catalogue to view it online.

Download Annual Catalogue
Download Holiday Catalogue

To order products from either of these catalogues, please email me.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

The Artfull Stampers New Catalogue Blog Hop

It’s Stampin’ Up’s! New Annual Catalogue Time!!!  To celebrate, some of our Team – The Artfull Stampers – are sharing fabulous projects showcasing a selection of the gorgeous new products available in the 2012-2013 Catalogue!!

You may have hopped here from Tamsin Adams’ Blog.  I’m stop # 14 on the Hop and I’m glad you “hopped” in.

 I've created a card using the bold Betsy's Blossoms stamp set and a couple of the new In Colours.

I also used the matching wheel to create a border at the bottom of the card using Versamark watermark ink - it's been a while since I've used Stampin Around Wheels!

  • Stamp Sets:  Betsy's Blossoms (126004 wood, 126006 clear), Betsy's Blooms wheel, Bring on The Cake (123545 wood, 121958 clear)
  • Cardstock:  Raspberry Ripple (127545), Gumball Green (127543), Whisper White (106549)
  • Ink:  Versamark (102283), Raspberry Ripple (126859) , Gumball Green (126861)
  • Accessories:  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (129021) and Festive Paper Piercing Pack.

Now click on the link to Alisa Tilsner's blog for the next stop on our Hop. I am sure you will find lots of wonderful ideas there to inspire you. And in case you get lost or there are broken links just pop back here for the full list of stampers taking part in this hop.

  1. Alisa Tilsner -
  2. Madonna -
  3. Melissa -
  4. Christina Barnes -
  5. Kathryn Carr-
  6. Anna -
  7. Alison Barclay -
  8. Michelle Bartholomaeus -
  9. Nicole Derendorf -
  10.  Kay Koufalakis -
  11.  Stamping With Karlie -
  12.  Carolyn Bennie -
  13. Tamsin Adams -
  14. Tina Hewett -
Thank you for visiting and if you'd like to leave a comment I'd be very pleased to hear what you think of the new catalogue and products :-)

Friday, 31 August 2012

Apothecary Art gift box

Today's project is a gift box made by Jenny Soulsby and shown at our recent get together.

You could put a few chocolates in this box as a gift, or some home made biscuits, or whatever you like! Just adapt the size of the box to fit your gift.

I like the way Jenny used the Apothecary Art stamp and the matching framelit to create a belly band label for the box.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

New Catalogue Blog Hop

 Hi there,

I'll be busy in the studio today and tomorrow, coming up with creations for a couple of blog hops I'm participating in. The first one is my team's Annual Catalogue Blog Hop, and that kicks off on September 1. So be sure to grab a cuppa and drop by to see all the different ideas we come up with using new Stampin Up goodies.

See you then!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Triple Layer Card take 3

Here is another variation of the Triple Layer Card as created by my friend Jenny Soulsby.

This one uses the Creative Elements stamp set and Cherry Cobbler as the card base and Whisper White for the stamped panels. I might just have to get this stamp set for myself.

Are you on my Newsletter mailing list? I'll be sharing a tutorial for another variation of this card in my September newsletter. So be sure to be on the list so you will get the tutorial for this and a rather spectacular Christmas card...

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Another Triple Layer card

I spent a pleasant few hours stamping with my friend Jenny Soulsby today, and she has graciously given permission for me to share a few of her creations on my blog, since she doesn't have a blog of her own.

Today's card is another version of the Triple Layer card. She hasn't put a sentiment or greeting on the card yet as she thought she would wait until she uses it for a particular occasion for the person she gives it to.

It's another purple card, this time using Perfect Plum as the card base and Wisteria Wonder to stamp on using stamps from the Mixed Bunch and Creative Elements stamp sets.

A lovely variation, don't you think?

I'll share another variation tomorrow.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Last week for retiring products from Stampin Up

The retiring products won't be available after August 31, so get them while you can! Here is a list of what's sold out:

Stampin' Scrub Replacement Pads
Peach Parfait ink refill
Dotto refill
Concord Crush ink refill
More Mustard Marker
3/16" Gold Brads
Pear Pizzazz ink refill
Poppy Parade ink refill
Stack & Store Containers
Circle cutter replacement blades
Christmas Greetings stamp
Confetti White CS A4
Blushing Bride ink refill
Blushing Bride CS
5-petal flower punch
Color Caddy Extender Kit
Stampin' Around Wheel Storage - Standard size
Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies
Concorde Crush CS A4
Well Worn Designer Series Paper
Mini Library Clips
Baja Breeze Stampin Write Marker
# 2 Box die
Subtles Classic Stampin’ Pads
Neutrals Classic Stampin’ Spots
Paper Cutter Replacement Cutting Blades
Regals Classic Stampin Spots
Medium Square Whisper White Envelopes
Heart To Heart Punch

Sold Out Stamps

Just Surfing
D is for Dog
Curvy Verses
Short & Sweet
Calendar Alphabet & Numbers

So it looks like there's been a run on accessories more than stamp sets, which is interesting.

Anyway, there are still some stamp sets at 25% discount, so it's worth looking at the retiring list on this page.

If there's anything you need on that list, please let me know asap so I can order it for you.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Triple Layer Fabulous Florets

I've seen loads of these Triple Layer cards recently, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Triple Layer Card Concorde Crush & Wisteria Wonder

Purple is my favourite colour so when I saw the Dynamic Duo challenge I thought that suits me.

First I cut my Whisper White cardstock pieces to 10 x 14 cm, 7.5 x 11.5 cm and 5 x 9 cm. I cut an A6 Concorde Crush card base and 2 pieces 8 x 12 cm and 5.5 x 9.5 cm. The white pieces are layered and stuck with removable adhesive as below.

Step 1 Triple Layer card

 Then I stamped the layers using the Fabulous Florets and the flourish from Elements of Style.

Stamped Triple Layer card

 Then the white layers are separated and layered onto Concorde Crush cardstock layers. I finished the card with some Wisteria Wonder bakers twine and a stamp from the Perfect Punches stamp set.

Finished Triple Layer card

This is my first attempt at a triple layer card, and I can see me making more of these using different stamps.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Making Envelopes for Flower Cards

I'm loving the Simply Scored Scoring Tool from Stampin Up, and especially the Diagonal Plate which is used when making envelopes.

Today I'm showing how I made an envelope to fit the 3D Azalea card I posted yesterday. I have seen a video from Mike on how to make custom envelopes to make any sized card, so I basically followed that, plus added a bit to allow for the 3D flower.

Step one: line up the corners of the card so that they are at the same measurement point on the top and on the left hand side.
Step two:  cut paper to the correct size according to Mike's video tutorial.

Step Three: Put the card on top of the paper to line up the points again as in step one, and score 1/8" away from the points along the diagonal lines.

This is where I added another 1/4" score line to add a little room for the flower.

Fold up the paper around your card to make sure it fits.

Use the adhesive of your choice to stick the bottom flap to the side flaps.

I actually made a mistake with this and didn't cut the paper quite as a square, but it still fits the card, so it will be OK.

The paper used to make this envelope is from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper pack.

If you'd like to order the scoring tool or paper pack from me, please let me know.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Azalea Flower Card and sneak peak

So, what do you do with those lovely paper flowers you've made? I've shown you the Azaleas I made in this post, now here is a suggestion on how to use one of them.

This card also shows a sneak peak at one of the new embossing folders in the new Holiday Catalogue that you can order from on September 1. The embossing folder is called Lacy Brocade and it is just gorgeous. The greeting is from the Curly Cute stamp set.

When you put these 3D paper flowers on cards you want to keep the rest of the card simple and elegant so as to make the flower the focal point. This card is a 6" x 6", with a Pink Pirouette mat for the Whisper White embossed panel.

To order supplies used to make this card, please email me.

Happy Stamping,

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Delicate Doilies Centre Step Card, Take Two

Delicate Doilies Centre Step Card

Hi again,

I've added a few bits to yesterday's card as I thought it needed something. I asked my fellow Stampin Up demonstrators in my team, and used some of their suggestions.

While adding to the card I realised I had stamped the large doily images in Regal Rose, not Melon Mambo as I had stated yesterday (that will teach me to write down supplies as I do the cards rather than try to remember later).

Anyway, I stamped the large doily image with Regal Rose (126947) on Whisper White cardstock (106549), then "fussy cut" it out with scissors, sponged the edges with Regal Rose ink, and attached it to the card using Dimensionals (104430). I added a large pearl to the centre of the doily.

Then I cut a strip of Rose Red cardstock (108613) with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch (119275) and attached it to the front of the card. Finally I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die (118138) to make the tiny butterflies out of Rose Red and Rich Razzleberry (119981) cardstock and attached them with tiny bits of Dimensionals.

I'm happier with the card now, what do you think? Which do you prefer?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Delicate Doilies Centre Step Card

I'm looking for suggestions for this card - I think it needs something more, but I'm not sure what. What would you add to this card?

Supplies used:

  • Rose Red (108613)and Whisper White (106550) cardstock
  • Melon Mambo (9126948) and Rich Razzleberry (126950) Stamp pads
  • Delicate Doilies (124960 wood, 122592 clear) and Curly Cute (121500 wood, 120510 clear) stamp sets
Leave a comment below, and if I use your suggestion to "finish" this card, I'll give you some "blog candy"!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Bright Joy Fold Card

Bright Joy Fold Card 1

Bright Joy Fold Card 2

Bright Joy Fold Card 3

Bright Joy Fold Card 4

Wow, this is a bright card, not my usual colour combination.

I created this at  my weekly card making class, and decided to try a different colour combination to my usual soft purples and pinks. I went to my trusty Stampin Up Colour Coach (120148), and came across the combination of Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.

The base card is Basic Black, and the writing panel in the centre of the card is Very Vanilla.

Other supplies used to make this card:
Stampin Up Stamps:
  • Delicate Doilies (124960 wood, 122592 clear)
  • Mixed Bunch (127516 wood, 125537 clear)
  • En Francais (112358)
  • Finial Press embossing folder (115963), which retires at the end of this month
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (114507)
  • Versamark (102283)
  • Old Olive (126953)
  • Early Espresso (126974)
 What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Owl Punch Flip Flop Card

Owl Punch Flip Flop card 1

Owl Punch Flip Flop card 2

Owl Punch Flip Flop card 3

Today's card was made in the weekly card making class I go to, taught by the fabulous Helen Clifton.

It's a Flip Flop card, which when closed shows just one owl, and when opened flips around to show two owls.

I used the Owl Builder punch and Little Leaves Sizzlits die from Stampin Up.

The stamps were Helen's, and I used Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla card stock.

If you'd like to purchase products used in this card, or would like to learn how to make one, please leave a comment.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Retiring List of Stamps and Accessories

In preparation for the exciting new catalogues that will be start from September 1, there are a number of Stampin Up stamps and accessories that are retiring. Download the retiring lists here.

Some things have already sold out, so if there's something you really want you'd better check the list to see if it's still available.

There are lots of lovely goodies coming in the new catalogues, and I will be having a Catalogue Launch on the weekend of 8th and 9th September. More details to come in my newsletter. If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, just fill in the box on the right and you'll get the updates when they are done.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Telescoping Christmas Card

Hi there,

I'm just starting on my Christmas cards for this year (is it too early?) and thought I would have a go at doing the Telescoping card technique.  I've seen different types of these cards all over the internet and have been wanting to try one of these for ages. The image at the top shows the card closed up to fit in an envelope, and the second image shows it opened up to reveal the 3 layers.  You can find a tutorial on how to do this kind of card here.

I've used one of my all time favourite Christmas stamp sets, Snow Swirled (115868 wood, 127799 clear) for the tree and sentiments, and the lovely Dasher reindeer stamp (121592) which is retiring on August 31.

This is an easy card to do, and you can add more bling to make it fancier, but the bottom 2 layers need to be relatively flat so that they swing out easily.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Another Paper Rose

I'm back with another in my series of Paper Flowers made with Stampin Up dies and punches.

Today is another version of a rose, this time done with the Owl Builder Punch (118074) and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. You can just see the green leaves peeking out from under the rose on the right, this one is made using the 5 Petal Flower Punch, which is retiring on August 31.

I've seen a few versions of this "Owl Punch Rose" on the internet, and the original creator is the lovely Valita, a Stampin Up Demonstrator from Queensland.

Well, that's it for now in my series on making paper flowers. When I use these creations on cards or boxes, I'll post some pictures on my blog for you.

Happy creating,

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Punch Art Paper Roses

Hi again,

Thanks for dropping by to see my posts on paper flowers using mainly Stampin Up punches and dies.

Today I'm sharing one version of a paper rose using just one punch - Stampin Up's Blossom Punch (125603). I'm quite pleased with how they turned out, the one on the left I've sponged the edges of each petal before constructing the rose.

I found a tutorial for this one by Michelle on her blog, and thought I'd have a go.

If you'd like to order one of these Blossom Punches to add to your collection, please email me.