Halloween

Welcome to our monthly Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop, in which demonstrators from around the world share their latest projects. This month’s theme is ‘Halloween’. You may have arrived here from Shirley’s blog. Didn’t she have a fun project?
I have to admit to being a bit of a Grinch when it come to Halloween. It is the last day of tax season (my day job is a tax consultant), and I usually get home late, or else I am so tired I hide in the house and pretend that I am not home.

My project is quick and easy and oh so cute. These little treat boxes are using the mini curvy keepsakes die. You can put as much or as little effort in as you choose.
The first one is just cut out of DSP. The one on the other end is cut out of Mango Melody card stock and stamped with Pumpkin Pie using the check stamp from the Tiny Keepsakes stamp set. The middle one is Mango Melody card stock and the pumpkin is stamped in Pumpkin Pie with the pumpkin stamp from the Harvest Hello stamp set and punched out with the apple builder punch.

These are the supplies that I used for this project.
All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here.
If you are in Australia and do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your stamping needs. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Stampin’ Up! Contact me for more information to join my team.

Click on the button below to hop over to Sue Boerner’s blog to see what she has created for Halloween.
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

If you get lost along the way, here is the full hop list:

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held <== You are here
Sue Boerner
Sandy Ward
Sue McDonald
Anastasia Radloff

White Wash Technique

I have received the next circle journal. The theme for this journal is techniques and fun folds. I decided that I would showcase the whitewash technique.

Stamp and heat emboss your image onto a piece of crumb cake card stock.
Pick up white craft ink with your aqua painter and colour in the embossed image.
Allow the white ink to dry, and then use your colour to paint over it. I used blushing bride and pear pizzaz re-inkers, but you can squish some ink onto the top of your ink pad.


If you are in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to help you with your stamping.
If you would like to join my team to support your stamping addiction, contact me for more details.

Below are the products that I used to create these cards. If you would like to purchase any of them, clicking on the picture will take you to my online store.

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Second Circle Journal

I have started on a second Circle Journal You might remember the last round. I created a journal, and it get posted to the ladies that are in my group and each one adds a card to the journal until it completes its circle and comes home to me.

I decided to make my theme a bit challenging this time. I have asked the ladies to create cards using a stamp or punch that has been used differently to just the face value of the product. If we can find different uses for a product, that is make it more versatile, it increases its usefulness and we get far more out of the set.

This is the card that I made to kick off the journal. I can’t take any credit for this card. I saw it on one of the swap boards at the Stampin’ Up! convention in Orlando and I loved it. Unfortunately I don’t know who the very clever person was that came up with the design. If you happen to know who it was, please let me know so that I can give them the acknowledgement that they deserve. I used the Shimmery white embossing paste to make the fluff on her hat and skirt, because in my world sparkle makes everything better!
I used the softly falling embossing folder to create the background snow effect. Unfortunately this has been retired.

Beautiful You is one of my favourite stamp sets, and now I have another use for it. Did you ever think of this as being a Christmas stamp?
My journal is on its way to New Zealand, and the next journal should be coming to me soon. I wonder what the theme of that journal will be.

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Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
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Party Invitation

Welcome to our monthly Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop, in which demonstrators from around the world share their latest projects. This month’s theme is ‘Happy Birthday’. You may have arrived here from Shirley’s blog. Did you love her project?
I have taken a bit of poetic license with the theme this month. Instead of making a birthday card, I have started pre-birthday and am sharing an invitation that I have made to a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

This serviette is the inspiration for the invitation

This is my card. I used the retired Another Wonderful Year set for the words and heat embossed them with the new shimmer black embossing powder for some sparkle.
These invitations have gone out and the people that received them have all been really excited.

These are the supplies that I used for this project.
All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here.
If you are in Australia and do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your stamping needs. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Stampin’ Up! has an extra joining bonus for this month. Contact me for more information.

Click on the button below to hop over to Sue Boerner’s blog to see what happy birthday surprise she has for us.
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

If you get lost along the way, here is the complete blog hop list. Have fun hopping!!

Sandra Roberts

Shirley Merker

Tracy Held <== You are here

Sue Boerner

Anastasia Radloff

Annette McMillan

Amy Seigler

Sandy Ward

Terri Stewart

Washi Flower

Welcome to our monthly Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop, in which demonstrators from around the world share their latest projects. This month’s theme is ‘Ribbon and Embellishments.’ You may have arrived here from Shirley’s blog. She loves ribbons, so this is one of her favourite blog hop themes!
I don’t usually like working with washi tape, but have you seen how amazing the Pressed Petals Specialty washi tape is? You just peel off the petals and use as many as you like to make gorgeous flowers! The tape co-ordinates with the Pressed Petals Specialty DSP which is super pretty!

I used 6 petals and stuck them onto a 3/4″ circle. The gold faceted gems make the perfect centre for the flower.

Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the card. This is the second roll of washi tape that comes with the petal roll

These are the supplies that I used for this project.
All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here.
If you are in Australia and do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your stamping needs. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Stampin’ Up! has an extra joining bonus for this month. Contact me for more information.

Click on the button below to hop over to Sue Boerner’s blog to see what embellishments she has used for her project.
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

If you get lost along the way, here is the full blog hop list:

Sandra Roberts
Shirley Merker
Tracy Held <== You are here
Sue Boerner
Sandy Ward
Anastasia Radloff

DSP Showcase

Welcome to our monthly Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop, in which demonstrators from around the world share their latest projects. This month’s theme is ‘DSP Showcase’. Have you spent some time looking at the DSP in the new catalogue? They are all beautiful!! I have chosen to use the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper for my card.

I used the Decorative Ribbon Border punch to do the edge. You need to be careful not to punch all the way to the edge, or you will have a lovely ribbon that is separated from the card.

Don’t forget to stamp the inside of your card. I always do an envelope to match too.

These are the products that I used in this card.
All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here.
If you are in Australia and do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your stamping needs. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Join my team for the best benefits! Contact me for more information.

Click on the button below to hop over to Shirley Merker’s blog to see which DSP she has used for her project.
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

If you get lost along the way, here is the full hop list:

Anastasia Radloff

Sue McDonald

Sue Boerner

Tracy Held <== You are here

Shirley Merker

Sandra Roberts

Sandy Ward

Daisy Lane

I often have ladies saying to me “I have this stamp set but I haven’t used it because I don’t know what to do with it”.
To get around this problem, I am going to focus on one stamp set every month, and make 4 different projects using that stamp set.

This month I have chosen Daisy Lane from the new catalogue. There is also a new punch (medium daisy) which goes with the stamp set. I have limited myself to three ink colours to use in these cards. I have stepped the cards up a bit and used the foil edged cards and envelopes.

I am going to offer this as a class. The cost will be $80, and with that you will get the Daisy Lane stamp set, medium daisy punch, 2 gold edged cards and 2 silver edged cards and envelopes, 18 gold and 18 clear faceted gems in different sizes and the additional card stock required to complete the cards, and the class will be free.

I will be holding the class on Saturday 30th June, please contact me by the 15th June if you would like to place your order and reserve your place.
If you want to attend the class but don’t want to own the stamp set and punch, you can come to the class. The cost of attending the class will be $30.
If you are unable to attend the class but would like to make the cards, you can order your kit and I will send you the instructions to make the cards (additional postage may apply).

Items not included in the kit which you will need if you don’t come to class are: Garden Green, Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick ink pads, blocks to mount the stamps and adhesive. If you need these items I can give you a price to include them in your kit.

I am sure that you will all love this stamp set as much as I do, so contact me as soon as you can to attend the class

Masculine Card

Welcome to our monthly Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop, in which demonstrators from around the world share their latest projects. This month’s theme is ‘Father’s Day or masculine cards. In Australia, Father’s Day is in September. I have kept my card more of a card for dad for any day (birthday or just because he is great) rather than specifically for Father’s Day.

I decided to do something a bit different and cut the card into a pennant shape. I have used the Geared Up Garage stamp set and the cogs from the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies. The cogs were cut using the champagne foil paper. This set is carrying over to the new catalogue, but it won’t be available as a bundle, so if you would like to purchase it at the 10% bundle discount you need to put in your order ASAP.

These are the products that I used in this card. The DSP is the soon to be retired Best Route paper.

Click on the button below to hop over to Sue Boerner’s blog and see what she has created. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

If you get lost along the way, here is the full hop list:

Shirley Merker

Tracy Held <== You are here

Sue Boerner

Anastasia Radloff

Sandy Ward

All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here.

If you are in Australia and do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your stamping needs. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Join my team for the best benefits! Contact me for more information.

Beautiful Promenade Mother’s Day Card

Welcome to our monthly Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop, in which demonstrators from around the world share their latest projects. This month’s theme is ‘Mother’s Day or Girl cards’. If you have arrived from Shirley Merker’s blog, did you enjoy her project?

My card uses the beautiful Petal Promenade stamp set and matching dies. I stamped the outline of the flower in Gorgeous Grape, and the inside in Highland Heather. The leaves are in Old Olive. The ones on the oval were stamped onto vellum and then cut out with the dies. Be sure to give lots of time for the ink to dry on the vellum, otherwise the ink will smudge.

The ‘happy’ is cut out using the Well Written Framelits dies and the ovals with the Stitched Shapes and Layering Ovals dies.

These are the products that I used for this card

Here are a couple of different colour options


Click on the button below to hop over to Sue Boerner’s blog and see what she has created. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

If you get lost along the way, here is the full hop list:

Sue McDonald

Shirley Merker

Tracy Held

Sue Boerner

Anastasia Radloff

Sandra Roberts

Katie Johnson

Sandy Ward

Terri Stewart

All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here.

If you are in Australia and do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your stamping needs. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Join my team for the best benefits! Contact me for more information.

Coffee Cup Inspiration

I often find items in everyday life that offer inspiration to create a card. As I walk around, I am always taking photos of things that might make a pretty card. Whether it is a roll of wrapping paper, a print on a garment in a shop, or even something that someone is wearing while I am sitting having coffee in a café.

Every now and again when I’m out and about, I NEED a cup of coffee (I do live in Melbourne, the coffee capital of Australia, and we take our coffee very seriously!). Most times, I take my KeepCup to avoid single-use paper cups, but occasionally, if I don’t have my own cup with me, I’ll get a take-away cup. These are often boring, corrugated cardboard, but sometimes, the cup has a really lovely design, like the one I got yesterday.

I loved everything about this cup, from the design to the colour combination. I immediately knew which stamp set I had to use to make the cup into a card. The set is All Adorned, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration sets that you can choose as a free item if you make a purchase of AU$90. You only have one day left as Sale-A-Bration ends tomorrow, so be quick!

This is my card as inspired by the coffee cup.

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All the above products are available from my online store, or by clicking on one of the pictures above.