12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 3 using Whimsy & Wonder and a colour challenge

A few weeks ago I did a blog hop with the group of ladies that are part of my monthly tutorial bundle. In my (not so humble) opinion, it was an amazing hop and I want to make ALL the projects! If you missed it, you can see it here. Maheswari Rajaguru’s card was one that I have been wanting to CASE. To see Maheswari’s original card click here.

This is the colour palette for the latest Colour Inkspiration challenge. Whne I saw this, I knew that I wanted to CAE the card in these colours. They are seriously non-traditional Christmas coulours, but what do you think?

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If you live in Australia and don’t have a demonstrator, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to assist you with your stamping needs. You can also shop from home at my online store.

If you are like me and need to have absolutely everything in the catalogue, give some thought to joining my team! Talk to me if you would like more information, or you can sign up now.

Any orders placed by the 19th October 2021 will get a tutorial bundle as a thank you. This month’s bundle features ta variety of Christmas projects from the Whimsy & Wonder Suite in the August – December mini catalogue, and contains 13 different (and stunning) designs by 13 international demonstrators. Below is a sneak peak of the projects included in the bundle.

Paper Pumpkin Christmas card class

As we approach the end of a crazy year, I have had questions about when we are making Christmas cards.  If times were normal, we would have already done a class.  Following on from the success of the Sending Sunshine paper Pumpkin kit, Stampin’ Up! has brought the Christmas kit to Australia.

This kit makes 8 cards (4 each of 2 different designs).  The video below shows the unboxing, and you can see what comes in the kit

I will be running this as a Zoom class again on the 21st November at 2:00.  The cost of the class will be $50 ($65 if you need the acrylic block for stamping).  This will give you the Paper Pumpkin kit which will be delivered to you door plus the card stock to make some additional projects to use up the additional supplies in your kit.

I am participating in a Black Friday event with 3 other demonstrators – Shirley Merker is from the USA, Sandra Roberts is in the UK and Elizabeth Green is in Canada.  The way that this event will run is that we are each doing 2 tutorials (one card and one 3D project.  There will be a PDF and a video tutorial.  I will be online (Zoom link) for 2 hours on the 27th, and we can craft together doing projects in the class, or anything else that you want to work on or we can just have a social catch up.

The cost of the class with be $25, or it will be free with a $35 order.  If you sign up for the Paper Pumpkin class, you will get the Black Friday class as a bonus.

To allow time for the kits to be delivered, please contact me to confirm your place and order your kit by the 14th November.

You can be anywhere in Australia to participate in the class, looking forward to seeing you there

Artistry DSP gift bag – VLOG Hop

It is time for another VLOG hop! Bearing in mind that the DSP sale starts tomorrow, we are all featuring projects using DSP. I have just realised that I used the same DSP in the last VLOG hop, so you might be forgiven for thinking that this is the only paper in my stash! (You would be completely wrong, but…)

This is the gift bag that I have made with the DSP, click on the video below to see how it is made

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Covid-19 Product Give Back

Stampin’ Up! is committed to making a difference in our global communities and caring about people first. As part of our Making a Difference program we’re offering a product giveback opportunity to support organisations that are helping COVID-19 frontline responders and communities vulnerable to the pandemic.

The Share Sunshine PDF Download is a digital stamp set that’s packed with both lighthearted and heartfelt sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we’re currently experiencing. You can use the download in your cardmaking and papercrafting projects. Simply print the imagery on cardstock and cut it out using our Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends and family by sending cards!

The cost is US$12, which converts to about AU$19, and every cent goes to charities. When you purchase you can choose between The World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund and United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund or split the payment evenly between the 2.

To start spreading sunshine and support COVID-19 efforts, click here

Gold Edged Christmas 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 ‘December Holidays’. You might have arrived here from Shirley’s blog. Wasn’t her project lovely?

The card that I have done today is quick and easy. I used the foil edged cards and envelopes for that gorgeous gold edge around the card, and dug into my DSP stash. If you want to make different variations, you can use the silver edged cards and any of the pretty Christmas DSP in the holiday catalogue.

Don’t forget to stamp the envelope and the inside of the card so that everything is matching.

These are the products that I used for this card

Click on the button below to hop over to Sue’s blog to see what holiday project she has created.

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

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held <== you are here
Sue Boerner
Sandra Roberts
Sandy Ward
Sue McDonald
Terri Stewart
Annette McMillan

All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store
The supplies used in this project can be found here
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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.

Lasting Lily


Sale-A-Bration is the happiest time of the Stampin’ Up! year. For every $90 that you purchase, you can choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. If you would like to see what is inside the catalogue, click on the link above, or send me a message and I will send a paper copy to you.

There is a lot of lovely stuff in the catalogue, but one of my favourite stamp sets is the Lasting Lily. There are several thoughtful sentiments in this set, and the flowers are beautiful. This is one of the Distinktive stamps, so the image stamps with lighter and darker sections, all using one stamp.

I decided to try and stamp the lily in black, and I am delighted with the way that it turned out. Remember that you can’t buy this stamp set, as it is only available as a Sale-A-Bration option.

If you live in Australia and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to help you with any products that you would like to purchase, or you can shop in my online store.

I have done a few projects using this stamp set, so I will be sharing more of them with you soon.

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Circle Journal returns

My journal has completed its circle and come home to me. (It actually arrived a few weeks ago, but with being away and then trying to get back to normal, I didn’t get around to blogging it).

This was the theme for my journal.

I started the journal off with the Black Ice technique. If you missed my post on how to do this, you can view it here.

Below are the cards that the other ladies made according to my theme.
This one was made by Jenny Habraken and uses heat embossing with water colouring

Donna Chugg used the cracked glass method.

Tash Martin chose to apply markers directly to the stamp rather than using an ink pad.

Pamela Bowron made a card using triple time stamping.

Rachel Pine used the emboss resist technique.

Leigh Carter Shaw used the baby wipes technique.

This stunning card made by Terri Kirrkie makes spectacular use of the masking technique.

The final card was made by Beryl Crisp and uses the rock and roll technique.

I am absolutely delighted with my journal! All the ladies did a fantastic job with making the cards! Over the next few weeks, I will give the instructions for each of these different techniques and we can all try them out.

Circle Journal Round 8

I’ve received the last circle journal for this cycle.  The next journal that arrives in my post box will be mine coming back to me.

The title of this journal is Show Me Your True Colours.  The description that goes with it is “I love how black and white backgrounds make every colour pop, by highlighting and reflecting the true essence of all the other colours in the spectrum.  Please show me your favourite True Colours”.

For this journal, I decided to try a technique the I haven’t tried before.  It is called Joseph’s Coat Technique.  This is my card

To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white card stock.  Using your ink pad and a sponge dauber, put dots of your first colour onto the card.  I used Grapefruit Grove.

Next add your second colour in between the first.  My second colour was Flirty Flamingo

Lastly fill in all the white gaps with your third colour.  Mine was Coastal Cabana.  Once your cardstock is completely coloured, stamp your design onto it with Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Pick up black Momento ink on your sponge dauber, and rub it over the complete card covering it completely.  The ink won’t stick to the clear embossing, and the colours will pop through the back.  Once it is completely covered, take a tissue and gently rub it over the card to buff the extra ink off the embossing.

I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, and I feel like my finished card ticks all the boxes for this journal.

If you are wondering about the sentiment, it is from a new stamp set called Happiness Surrounds.  This is part of a new limited edition suite called Snowflake Showcase which will be available form 1 November. Watch this video for more information about this suite

If you would like to try this technique, these are the products that I used
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Circle Journal Round 6

We are nearing the end of this Circle Journal round.  I have already received the next one, and then there is one more to go before my journal comes back to me.  It is going to be so exciting to see what everyone has come up with for me!!

The theme of this journal is “Birthdays and Animals”.  The introduction to the theme is as follows: I have chosen this theme as birthday cards are my most popular.  However, I only have one animal stamp set, (Bella and Friends) so I look forward to inspiration from you.

I don’t have Bella and friends, but what I do have is Ready For Christmas which has a really cute Dachshund in it.  I also have a friend who is mad about Dachshunds and whose birthday was yesterday, so I decided to do 2 cards on this theme.  This is my card:

Here is a paper saving tip for you: When you are using DSP or foil or glimmer paper that you are going to be layering, you can cut out of the middle of your paper and it is hidden once you layer on top of it.  My happy birthday here was cut out of the piece of DSP that you see around the edge of the white card stock.

Remember to decorate the inside and the envelope.

I am seeing my friend in a little while for coffee, so I will know soon if she likes her card

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