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.

Product List

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

Eclipse Frame Birthday Card

As usual, I hope you enjoy our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop, in which fellow demonstrators from around the world share their latest impressive projects. This month’s theme is ‘Happy Birthday’. If you have arrived from Shirley Merker’s blog, I am sure that her project was inspiring, as always!

The card that I have chosen this month is an eclipse frame card. I have used two different stamp sets in this card.

The first is Painted Seasons, which is one of the Distinktive stamp sets, so all the shading happens in a single stamp. This is only available until the end of March as your free Sale-A-Bration item if you spend AU$180. It comes as a bundle with the Painted Seasons DSP. The images in this set are beautiful and I’ll be sorry when it is no longer available.

The second set is Humming Along. This is my stamp set of choice at the moment for a birthday sentiment.

To make the card, start by stamping the sentiment in the middle of the page, then stamp your flowers and leaves around it. These flowers look lovely in any colour. For this card, I used Highland Heather and Grapefruit Grove for the flowers, and Garden Green for the leaves.

Next, choose a Rectangular Stitched framelit that fits around the greeting and use a larger one to make the frame to your chosen width.

Stick your thin outer edge piece onto the card base, then put a foam adhesive strip along the inner and outer edges of the frame and stick it onto the card base inside the outer edge piece.

Stick the rectangle with the sentiment on it inside the corresponding rectangle in the middle of the card. (This is stuck flat onto the card base so that only the frame is raised.)

Below is a picture of the products I used to make the card.

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
Sandra Roberts
Terri Stewart
Sandy Ward 
Sue McDonald
Elizabeth Green

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.

Pick a Colour…

I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring Sale-a-Bration 2019 products. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe are participating, so we have a wide array of fun projects to share with you! You may have arrived from Shirley Merker’s blog. She always has a fabulous project to share!

I found myself marvelling at the peculiarities of human nature (specifically my own, but I’m sure everyone will be able to identify.) I was looking at the beautiful Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterflies DSP, filled with gorgeous colours, but none of them were ‘talking’ to me. So how do you get DSP in a colour that appeals to you? Well, take one of the black-and-white designs and colour it yourself.

This enables you to have your DSP in whatever colour appeals to you on the day. I used the colours that match the Organdy Ribbon Combo pack, except for the green, which is Call Me Clover.

Did you notice the new punch that I used on these cards? This is part of a limited edition set of products that will be available from the 1st to the 31st March. Be sure not to miss out on these.

Below are the products that I used for these cards.

Thanks for hopping with us each month. Now click on the next image to hop over to Sue Boerner’s blog and see the fun project she designed.

If you get lost along the way, here is the complete list of stops on the hop:

Sue McDonald
Anastasia Radloff
Shirley Merker
Tracy Held <– You are here!
Sue Boerner
Darla Roberts
Terri Stewart
Katie Johnson
Karie Beglau
Elizabeth Green
Sandra Roberts
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.

Rock ‘n Roll Technique

I said that I was going to share some of the techniques that came back in my Circle Journal. This post is the first one.

This is the card that Beryl Crisp made for my Journal.

This is a lily that was growing in my garden. The darker edges inspired my to use this technique with the Lasting Lily stamp set. Below is my card.

Start by inking your stamp in a light coloured ink. I used So Saffron, and then gently roll the edges of the stamp on a darker ink pad (Lovely Lipstick) and stamp.

Be very aware of which ink pad you are using first. The lighter ink won’t have any effect on the dark pad, but if you get confused and roll a darkly inked stamp onto a pale colour pad, you will mess up your ink pad.

Lasting Lily is one of the stamp sets that you can choose as a freeby during Sale-a-bration. If you spend $180, you can choose this set as a free item. This is the only way that you can get this set, it cannot be purchased.

For the fist time (and to make things even more exciting), Stampin’ Up! is coming out with framelits that co-ordinate with the Sale-a-bration stamps. One of the sets is for the Lasting Lily (see the sample on the picture below). These will be available from the 1st – 31st March. Contact me if you would like more details about these framelits.

Product List


Sale-A-Bration: Lasting Lily

I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators’ Blog Hop, this month featuring Sale-A-Bration items, brought to you by fellow demonstrators from all over the world. You may have landed here from Shirley Merker’s blog.

I am always looking at everyday items that will give me inspiration to make a card. It can be a colour combination on a dress in a shop window, the design on a coffee cup, or in this case, something in my garden!

While it is winter in the northern hemisphere, in Australia we are enjoying the warm weather of summer. I have a bed of lilies at my front door that bloom from the beginning of December. They flower one at a time in a variety of colours, so every few days, a new beautiful flower greets me as I enter or exit my front door – it always makes me smile!

One particular lily started out a creamy colour with dark pink edges when it first appeared, and then as it matured, the colour changed, ending up a lighter pink.

Perfect inspiration for a card, and the Lasting Lily was the stamp set that I needed! This set has lilies, leaves and stems and a selection of useful and meaningful sentiments. These are the three cards I made that reflect the different stages of my lily.

Below are the products that I used to create these cards.

I hope my cards inspire you to use this stamp set.

Click on the next button to see what Sue Boerner has created for us.

All these supplies can be purchased through my online store.

The Lasting Lily is one of the sets available through Sale-A-Bration. You can choose this as a free item if you spend $180 before shipping.
If you live in Australia and don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to help you with any Stampin’ Up! products that you would like to purchase.

Sale-A-Bration: Botanical Butterfly

My lovely friend Shirley has offered to do a mini blog hop with me to help me get the technicalities correct before we do the big hop on Thursday (Hop goes live in the early hours of the morning, Australian Eastern Standard Time). We are doing a test run of linking our posts, so this hop is just two stops. These projects are easy, quick and fun, so you can spend a little time in your stamp room recreating them.

This card uses the beautiful Botanical Butterfly DSP and the Organdy Ribbon Combo pack, both of which are current Sale-A-Bration items. The coloured butterflies are punched out of the DSP using the Butterfly Duet punch from the new Occasions Catalogue. It is really convenient that the punch will cut out the butterflies on the DSP instead of having to fussy cut. The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.

Click on the button below to hop over to the USA to see what Shirley has created for us.