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
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.
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Fall 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 ‘Fall/Thanksgiving’. You might have arrived here from Shirley’s blog. Didn’t she have a lovely project?


I always have a hard time wrapping my head around the time differences. When the blog goes live, my fellow demonstrators are just starting their day on a Wednesday morning, and I am about to go to sleep on Wednesday night!
I could be mistaken, but I think that I am the only one on this hop who is in the southern hemisphere. While everyone else can look outside their windows for inspiration in the leaves changing colours on the trees, the tree in my garden is covered in beautiful while blossoms!

However, living in Melbourne in Australia, the cold weather seems to linger for a while, so I could still come up with a card that has an autumnal feel to it.

Below is a picture of 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’s blog to see what she has created. Sue has just come back from a fabulous holiday, so i am sure that she found lots of inspiration on her travels!
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

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

Shirley Merker
Tracy Held <== You are here
Sue Boerner
Sandy Ward
Sue McDonald
Sandra Roberts
Katie Johnson
Terri Stewart

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.

Product List

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

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.