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.

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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.

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.

Ferrero Rocher Gift Box and Card

I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators’ Blog Hop featuring gift packaging. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe are participating, so we have a wide variety of fun projects to share with you! You may have landed here from Sue Boerner’s blog – I am sure that you enjoyed her project!

As for my project, I have made a gift box that holds three Ferrero Rocher chocolates, but it also has a pouch attached that holds a small card.

A few of these gift boxes are great to have on hand to give to anyone who needs a little token of appreciation, thanks, or just a boost that only chocolate can provide. I have given them to colleagues in my office and they all loved them!

Click on the link below to download the instructions for this project. You can change the DSP to adapt it for any occasion.

I hope you enjoy making it, and thanks for hopping with us each month. Now click on the next image to hop over to Ginger Rabesa’s blog to see what she designed.

Click to hop to next blog

If you get lost along the blog hop, these are the links you’ll need to get back on track.

Sandra Roberts
Shirley Merker
Katie Johnson
Sandy Ward
Melanie Coverston
Sue Boerner
Tracy Held —> (You are here!)
Ginger Rabesa

Have fun!

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 7

Another Circle Journal has come around to me.  The theme of this one is all about texture.  The description and instructions for this journal are as follows:    “My goal this year with card making is to use more texture in the form of embossing (both heat and folders) and to use background stamps to add interest to card stock.                                                                                                                    My ask is: Make cards that use stamping to add interest to backgrounds.              Use embossing folders in an interesting way                                                                Heat emboss in any way possible”

This is my card.


It ticks all the boxes that were required.  This circle was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with copper embossing powder.  I coloured the petals in with the Blueberry Bushel Stampin” Write Marker

I hope that you have noticed the embossing on the Balmy Blue Circle.  That was done with the Subtle embossing folder.  This is a beautiful folder which gives the paper a linen look.

I am not sure if it is coming up too well in the photo, but as a final touch, I gave the card a spritz with the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint.  If you haven’t tried the shimmer paint yet, you don’t know what you are missing.  This is the best thing since Wink of Stella!!!

One more journal to go, and then mine will complete the circle and come back to me.  Can’t wait to see the cards that everyone has has created for my journal.

Here is the product list for this project
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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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