Sweet Sugarplum Thoughtful Branches Tree

The Thoughtful Branches tree featured here is in Sweet Sugarplum, one of my new favourite Stampin’ Up! colours.

 

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Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Thoughtful Branches*

Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip

Paper & Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Other: Big Shot, Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies*, Stampin’ Trimmer, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals

*Thoughtful Branches Bundle – saving of 10%

 

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Check out yesterday’s card which uses the same stamp set and a fun Rock & Roll technique.

I hope you like this Sweet Sugarplum tree card featuring the Thoughtful Branches.

Thursday’s Tip: Rock & Roll Technique

The Rock & Roll technique has been around for a while, but perhaps something we haven’t seen in a while.  Today’s card with the leaves from the Thoughtful Branches Bundle shows off this technique.

If you look carefully at the leaves, they are a darker green around the outside.  This card was cased from my upline, Julia Leece.  She creates lots of amazing cards and is a wonderful upline.

 

How do you create the Rock & Roll effect?

1) Tap your stamp on light-coloured ink pad.
2) Then on darker ink pad, press the edges of stamp in a rolling motion, being careful not to ink the centre of the stamp.
3) Stamp onto your Whisper White or Very Vanilla Cardstock.
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Always use the lightest coloured ink first to avoid getting dark ink on your light ink pad.
The Thoughtful Branches set I used is very versatile.  You can make cards with flowers, trees, leaves etc. so it can be used for many occasions, for both feminine and masculine cards.  It has a variety of sentiments with it too.
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For both the stamp set and dies it would usually cost you $122.25, but as a bundle you get 10% off and it is only $110.  Order your set today as it is only here until Wednesday 31st August!
You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Come back tomorrow and I will share some other Thoughtful Branches creations with you.
I hope you will give the Rock & Roll technique a go when you next do some stamping and please share some of your creations with me.

Open House New Holiday Catalogue Launch

The new Holiday Catalogue will be here from Thursday 1st September!
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I will be having an Open House New Holiday Catalogue Launch to share this wonderful new catalogue with you.   This is a great opportunity for you to see some of the wonderful new stamp sets and other products for Christmas as well as other seasonal products.  You are welcome to drop in and make some cards using product from the new Holiday Catalogue.
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•  I will have displays of cards and projects, as well as new products you can see.
•  I will have three make ‘n takes.  You make can one, two or three different cards/tags.
•  You will each receive a complimentary copy of the new Holiday Catalogue.
•  Everyone who comes will go into the draw for a Door Prize.
•  Refreshments will also be available.
•  The first five people to register will receive a free gift on the day.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to discover your creativity and meet other like-minded people in a relaxed friendly setting. There will be plenty of getting started ideas and expert advice.

This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend to Stampin’ Up!  Please feel free to invite someone along.  If you bring someone along who has never been to any of my Stampin’ Up! classes or events, you and your friend will receive a small gift from me.

Date: Saturday 3rd September
Where: My home in Unsworth Heights (when you register the address is provided).
Time: 1pm – 4pm (Drop in anytime during this time)
Cost: Free, but you must register here.  Registrations close on Thursday 1st September.

I am excited about this new catalogue.  I look forward to sharing it with you and I hope to see you at my Open House Event.

Thursday’s Tip: Making A Shaker Card

Making a shaker card is a lot of fun and the recipient enjoys it too.  You can put sequins in them, confetti you make yourself or other small shaped things.  The Foam Adhesive Strips make sealing it all in so easy.  You can add one continuous strip on back of your window sheet, preventing anything from falling out.

Check out this Sweet Cupcake shaker card I made a little while ago.  You can find out more about it here.

Sweet Cupcake Shaker Card

Another little trick is, once you have adhered your Foam Adhesive Strip to the card, before you take the top layer off, brush your Embossing Buddy or some cornflour on the inside of the tape to get rid of any stickiness or static, and hopefully the bits inside your window won’t stick to it.

Have fun making your shaker cards.

Upcoming Classes – This week!

This week I have two classes.  One is during the day on Thursday and the other on Sunday afternoon.

Coffee Group Class:

This class is twice a month,usually on the first Friday and the third Thursday of the month (during school term time).  (Please note September dates are different) It is from 10am till about 11am. We usually make one card which is a fancy fold card or it involves a technique. If you can, please stay for a cup of tea or coffee and some morning tea.

This week we will be making a card with a coordinating gift box.

Blooms & Bliss Tear and Flip Card

Blooms & Bliss Tear and Flip Card

When: Thursday 18th August
Time: 10am – 11am.  Stay on for morning tea if you can
Cost: $10. If you wish to make more than one card, extra cards are $5 each.
RSVP: By 6pm the day before, by email, phone or on Facebook

August Monthly Class:

Each month I hold classes so you can come and learn some new skills and make a card or 3D project that has the WOW factor!  We usually make two cards or a card and a 3D project.  This month, one of the things we will be doing is  learning how to create a marble effect which is very on trend at the moment.

Marble Effect & Copper Embossing Note Cards

Marble Effect & Copper Embossing Note Cards

When: Sunday 21st August, in the afternoon
Time: Session One: 1pm – 3pm, Session Two: 3:30pm –  5:30pm
Where: My home in Unsworth Heights
Cost: $15.  Please bring a basic kit – adhesive, scissors, etc.
RSVP: By Friday 19th August by email, phone or on Facebook

Check out my class calendar for my September class dates.

Come along, be inspired, try something new!  I hope to see you there.

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Thursday’s Tip: Choosing A Colour Combination

Do you sometimes struggle to know what colour combination to use when you are about to make a card or project?  I hope today’s tip will help you. My suggestion helps you to use the resources that are already there and benefit from the work and research that Stampin’ Up has already done.

 

How to decide on a colour combination:

Pull out your current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue and check out the Designer Series (DSP) packs.  This is on page 173-175 of the Annual Catalogue.  With each pack they state which colours feature in that particular paper pack.   Then use some of these colours to make your card or creation.   You don’t have to have the paper to use on your creation, you can just use the colour combinations that they use.

Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper

Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper

For example, the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper features the colours Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.  On some sheets of paper the pinks are combined together and on the other sheets the blues are together with the neutral colour.  So you could make a card with Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplum or you could use Island Indigo, Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand together.

Here are some creations by Stampin’ Up featuring these colour combinations.

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If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

If you would like to know some other great tips, come back and check out my tips each Thursday.  Here is last week’s tip.

I hope you have fun checking out the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogue as you find some new colour combinations to use!

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60th Pop Out Swing Card

A little while ago I made this 60th Pop Out Swing Card for a friend.  I used two of the new In Colours, Sweet Sugarplum and Dapper Denim.  I think Sweet Sugarplum is my favourite new In Colour, although Dapper Denim is very close behind.

60th Pop Out Swing Card

60th Pop Out Swing Card

The Number of Years Stamp Set is a great one for birthdays and milestone occasions. I stamped the numbers and then cut them out with the dies.  The flowers on the envelope and card are also from this stamp set.

I also wanted to include a small gift with the card, so I made a Self Closing Gift Box featuring some of the In Colour DSP Stack.  I filled it with some chocolates. The Happy Birthday Tag on it is from Tag Talk which has now retired, but I still like to use it occasionally.

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60th Pop Out Swing Card with Self Closing Gift Box

The Self Closing Gift Box is made with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, half a sheet of A4, and two squares of DSP 3/4″ x 3/4″.  Here are some other Self Closing Boxes I made before.

 

Supplies:

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If you would like to purchase any of the products I have used, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Making a unique fold card like this Pop Out Swing Card makes card giving that much more special, especially when you have a coordinating gift box too.

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Extravaganza Guest Gifts – By the Shore

At each Extravaganza my guests each receive a gift bag with their instruction sheets, an order form and any other information they need.  They also get a small gift with some lollies or chocolates in them to keep them going through the afternoon. I went with the By The Shore theme and used the By the Shore Designer Series Paper.  This is what they received at the July Extravaganza.

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Hare are some of the different bags and gifts.

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Here is a close up of the banners on each bag.

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I used the Triple Banner Punch to make the banners, and textured embossed open with the new Seaside Textured Impression Embossing Folder.  It was pegged onto their bag so they can take it off and use it on a card later on.

If you missed out on seeing what projects they made at the Extravaganza, you can check them out here.  The Baby Bear Z-fold card, the Floral Boutique Gift Set and Blooms and Bliss Note Card Set and lastly the Origami Leaf Card and the Best Birds Hanging Frame.

If you live in Auckland, we would love to have you come along to our next Extravaganza event on Saturday 12th November.  Sign up to my mailing list.  Not only will you receive information about my upcoming classes and events like the Extravaganza, you will be inspired and received some free tutorials as well as tips and useful information to help you with your stamping and paper crafting.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you were inspired with this wonderful By the Shore Designer Series Paper.

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Leave Your Mark – Made By Hand, With Love

Leave your mark and let everyone know that your cards and projects are made by hand, with love. Available in wood-mount or clear-mount, the I Stamped This stamp set includes 16 stamps, giving you a variety of ways to say that your project was created with
care using quality Stampin’ Up! products. This set also includes two different sizes of “© Stampin’ Up!” for you to stamp
onto projects that you create to sell.

I Stamped This

I Stamped This

This stamp set is available from 2nd August 2016 till 31st May 2017

To find out more about Stampin’ Up!’s angel policy, click here.

If you would like to purchase this stamp set or any other Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Have fun creating your handmade cards and projects and let others know you created them with this wonderful new I Stamped This stamp set.

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Thursday’s Tip: Bonus Stampin’ Trimmer Tips

Last week I shared about the Stampin’ Trimmer.  Like I said then, I use mine lots.  Here are a few more tips that I  have thought of since last week.

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Stampin’ Trimmer

Bonus Tips:

  • When you are cutting with your blade, rather than press it down quite hard as you cut, make sure you hold the ruler part down firmly instead and then gentle slide your cutting blade to cut.  You will not need to press your blade down so hard and you will still get a nice crisp cut, so hopefully this will make your cutting blade last longer too.
  • Keep an old cutting blade, one that has gives you whispery edges when you are cutting your cardstock.  Label it with a vivid “old”, so you know that it is an old one. Use this “old” blade when you are cutting things like window sheets, laminated pages, etc and then you will save your good newer blade for your cardstock!
  • Make sure you have spare cutting blades on hand, so that when one does start to go blunt, you have a new one ready to use!

If you missed out on seeing last week’s Stampin’ Trimmer tips, you can check them out here.

Sometimes it is hard to know what tips you would like to know.  If you have some specific tools or products you would like some tips on, please comment below or email me and I will do my best to share my tips on using these products.

I hope you have found today’s bonus tips useful and please remember to let me know what other products you would like tips on.

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Thoughtful Branches Bundle – An Exclusive Offer For August!

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Check out this amazing stamp set with coordinating dies.   It is only available until 31st August 2016.

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Thoughtful Branches – Photopolymer Stamp Set

 

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Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies – Coordinate with the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set

And remember with the bundle you save 10%.

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PLUS: Order any of the Thoughtful Branches products
and I will send you FREE instructions to create these three wonderful projects:

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Order Here

If you have a Bonus Days coupon from last month, make sure you use it when you are making your purchase and save $11!   If you are part of my Loyalty Programme, plus remember to use the current Host Code.

If you wish to place your order through me, instead of online, please email me.

Make sure you take advantage of the wonderful Thoughtful Branches Bundle offer while it is here, as remember it is only here for this month!

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Final Extravaganza Projects

Yesterday I shared with you two projects from Extravaganza.  Here are the final two.

The first project is a card featuring the Blooms and Bliss Suite on pages 138 and 139 of the Annual Catalogue.   The card features the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper and it has an Origami folded leaf.  The belly band is stamped with the Blooms & Wishes Stamp Set.  This was presented by Rachael Knight, Christine Gedye and Judith Ferguson.

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Blooms & Bliss Origami Leaf Card

 

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Blooms & Bliss Leaf Card – Inside

 

The final project is a hanging frame, perfect for your home or as a gift.  It features the Best Birds Stamp Set and Birds & Blooms Framelits Dies. These can be bought as a bundle and then you get a 10% discount.  This was presented by Jacque Williams, Kath Gabriel and Paula Reid.

Best Birds Hanging Frame

Best Birds Hanging Frame

 

Best Birds Hanging Frame

Top Frame

 

Best Birds

Middle Frame

 

Best Birds

Bottom Frame

 

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Close up of one of the birds

If you would like to see the other three projects made at Extravaganza,  here is the project that my team made and taught.  It is a Z-fold card featuring the Baby Bear Stamp Set.  Here are the other two projects.

If you missed out on coming to this Extravaganza, but you would like to come to the next one, we hold them three times a year in March, July ad November.  The final one for the year will be a Christmas theme and it will held be on Saturday 12th November.  If you would like to come, please email me and I can let you know more about it, closer to the time.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects featuring the Blooms and Bliss Suite and Best Birds Stamp Set

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More Extravaganza Projects

The Extravaganza was a couple of weeks ago and I still haven’t had a chance to share all the projects with you.  It was a busy two weeks with the school holidays.  I taught two Kids’ classes and then the Extravaganza event was in the middle weekend.  I also enjoyed some time with my kids and catching up with my friends and they did with theirs too.  My children went back at school last week, but then I had to prepare for a presentation I was doing at our team training last Saturday.  This has meant I have hardly had any time for blogging.  I hope to get back into the routine of blogging again.  I definitely have a lot to share with you!

Here are two more of the Extravaganza projects.

The first one is features the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper and Floral Phrases Stamp Set.   It looks very striking in Night of Navy and Whisper White.  This project was taught by Barbara Bicknell, Sarajane Crookes, Justine Ross, Dyan Baker, and Vanessa Baker.

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Floral Boutique Box – Front

 

Floral Boutique Inside

Floral Boutique Box – Inside, with tags and card

 

The second project is a Box and Note Card Set made from the Affectionately Yours Suite on pages 44 and 45 of the Annual Catalogue.  It features the Love & Affection Stamp Set and the Floral Affection Textured Embossing Folder.  This was presented by Sally Williams, Heather Stewart, Michelle Pepper and it was adapted from idea by Dawn Griffiths

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Love & Affection Note Cards and Box

Love & Affection Note Cards and Box

 

Love & Affection Note Cards

Love & Affection Note Cards

 

Aren’t these projects amazing?

If you would like to purchase any of the products that have used here, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope these projects made with the beautiful Floral Boutique Suite and Affectionately Yours Suite have inspired you.

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Thursday’s Tip: My Top Two Stampin’ Trimmer Tips

Today’s tips are how you can get the best out of your Stampin’ Trimmer.  I use mine all the time for cutting cardstock and Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my own creations and for classes.

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Stampin’ Trimmer

My top two tips for using the Stampin’ Trimmer are:

  1. When you are cutting, sometimes cut downwards and other times cut upwards.  By doing this, you will get double the life of the blade.
  2. Make sure you clean out the track grove regularly as if there are small paper particles in there, it will prevent you from getting a clean cut.  Sometimes you can just blow it out.  Other times you may need to use a soft brush or even your Paper Piercing Tool if you gently glide it along the track.

What are some other great features about the Stampin’ Trimmer?

  • Full 30.5 x 30.5 cm (12″x 12″) cut or score
  • One cutting and one scoring blade included
  • Extra-wide, 15.9 cm (6 1/4″) cutting base for most projects; 36.5 cm (just over 14″) extendable ruler for large projects
  • Metric and imperial measurements along the top and bottom ruler.  Metric measurements along the vertical ruler.
  • Point on cutting handle for precise measuring
  • Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover
  • Right-side grid for cutting thin strips
  • Includes storage compartments for Bone Folders, spare cutting blades and more

If you are new stamping, and you don’t yet have something for cutting and measuring your cardstock and DSP, then I highly recommend the Stampin’ Trimmer.  If you already have a cutting tool and you aren’t happy with it, then why don’t you try the Stampin’ Tool.

If you would like to purchase the Stampin’ Trimmer or any other Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

The Stampin’ Trimmer is a must have for all paper-crafters.  I hope today’s two tips have helped you get even better use out of your Stampin’ Trimmer.

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Colourful Baby Bears Photo Display

Here is a wonderful range of colourful Baby Bears.  These bears have been stamped with the three-step stamping from the Baby Bear Stamp Set.  On Wednesday I shared with you a traditionally coloured bear on a Z Fold Card, but these photos today show you that you that you can create all sorts of wonderful coloured bears.

Baby Bear Colour Chart

Baby Bear Colour Chart

 

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Baby Bear – purple, pink, blue and green

 

 

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Baby Bear – green, yellow, orange and red

 

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Baby Bear – brown variations

 

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Baby Bear – more brown variations

Supplies:

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Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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