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What Will You Stamp? #145 – Christmas Sweaters

Over here in Australia, Christmas Sweaters are not a “huge” thing… however I have one wonderful friend who absolutely loves them so much she even has MATCHING Christmas Rashies (beach attire) with her partner!! So once I saw this stamp set, I knew it would be high on her wish list and lucky for us it is the feature set for this week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge.

It was such a fun stamp set to use for #wwys145 that I will definitely be thinking about adding it to my collection before the end of the festive season.

I think the sweaters speak for themselves, so I wanted to make a simple yet effective card. I was originally going to do a clothes line full of the sweaters, but Santa kept jumping out at me. So I made this instead:

I used tone-on-tone (crumb cake) stamping for the background (so fun!) and then stamped the image in basic
black ink on whisper white cardstock and coloured it in with my Real Read Stampin’ Marker. You can’t see here, but in person, his beard and moustache and eyebrows shimmer. I added some Wink of Stella to make Santa a little bit extra special.

I would love to see what you make with this funky stamp set. I’m definitely going to be stamping with it a bit more before I have to return it to my friend! Pop on over to the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog and see who else had some fun this week. Then… I encourage you to have some fun and create you own project.

Happy Crafting,

 

What Will You Stamp? #144 – Santa’s Suit

You can imagine my excitement what I saw what this week’s feature stamp set was!!! I just adore this set as you can see in my previous blog posts here and here.

For #wwys144 we’re creating with the super cute Santa’s Suit which has coordinating framelits as well to perfectly cut out the big red man’s wardrobe! I just love everything about this set and I love the notion of Santa getting ready for his big trip… so I thought I’d put together a card that features his wardrobe and help him get dressed, so I created this fun waterfall card.

Simply pull the ribbon down and the card “flips” so that different items of Santa’s wardrobe appear. I tried to pop them in the order I thought he would get dressed. 🙂

                  

I used this great tutorial from Dawn at Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts. She makes it so easy to create awesome interactive cards! I stuck with the very simple colour theme of Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White. I did emboss the red card base to give the card some more texture.

I cannot wait to see what challenge entries we have this week over at What Will You Stamp? Be sure to pop by the blog and see all the Design Team creations and then play along with us too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting,

 

November On Stage 2017 Recap

Phew! Finally I have a chance to blog a little about my recent time at the 2017 Stampin’ Up! On Stage event in Melbourne. I’m sure you’ve seen lots of blogs already (so envious of those people who blogged straight away… time just escaped me!) but HERE I AM!

For those of you who don’t know what On Stage is, it is a demonstrator only even held by Stampin’ Up! twice a year where we get together to view new products and catalogues, learn new techniques, improve our skills, laugh, meet new people, swap ideas and inspiration, laugh some more and generally have a wonderful time. I’m already looking forward to the next one in April next year! This year it had been 2 years since I’d been (due to Baby INK) and I walked away feeling so inspired and motivated that I want to feel that way again, so off to Sydney I will go!

This On Stage was also my birthday so I was blessed to be able to spend it with some of my most favourite people in the world!! My upline, my team and some of my Stampin’ Sisters all made my weekend and birthday once I won’t forget in a while. I was totally overwhelmed by the love and gifts I was showered with. I just realised I have SO much to show you in terms of photos, that I’ll just get on with it!

Firstly… this year I got to room with one of the most AMAZING people in the whole entire world! This chick is one of a kind and made the weekend so easy and fun for me! Let me introduce Chloe from Chlo’s Craft Closet! Chloe is a gorgeous demonstrator from Port Macquarie in New South Wales. We met originally online and just started chatting and needless to say, a day doesn’t go by where we don’t check in with each other. Chloe is a great support to be both personally and professionally. #youremyperson.

The next people who made my weekend one of the best was my awesome team!!! We come for all walks of life but we share a common interest and had a wonderful time together. It is rare that we can all get together and On Stage unfortunately saw some some of the team missing but I think this is a good turnout. I love that my team back me with whatever crazy idea I have… and here is prime example! A “normal smiley” photo just wouldn’t cut it…

I didn’t manage to get a photo with my upline, Michelle or my Stampin’ Sisters but it was great to share the experience with them too!

Now, I just realised that because I made 3 different designs for swaps, this post could go on FOREVER so I’ll pop them in another post. However, I will show you what I was lucky enough to receive for my swaps and then pick out a few of my favourites!

Here are all the swaps I receive as well as a few of my gorgeous birthday cards in amongst the mix! Thank you to everyone who swapped with me! Can you see yours here?

Each year, I like to pick out a few of my favourites to show you in more detail…. here are this years.

  

What I loved most about this years swaps was the diversity of projects, ideas and inspiration. Swaps just get better & better every year.

I think that’s enough today! I’ll be back over the coming week or two to show you what I created for my own swaps, roomie gifts and team gifts.

Would love to see YOU at the next On Stage event.

Happy Crafting,

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|0 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #143 – Text Ya Later

Ask most people who know me and they’ll tell you that yes, yes I do spend A LOT of time texting. I have been known to type complete messages without even looking! My excuse is the keyboard is the same as a computer and I spend a lot of time on a computer for work (and have done for most of my life!)

It was fun to create today’s card for #wwys143 using the Text Ya Later stamp.

I loved using the symbols and text that you use when sending a text message on a card and I love the colour combination I have used for my first card as well. It was Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist & Pool Party. Give it a try!!! You won’t regret it.

I think tone on tone stamping is really effective on any card. I use it a lot with the neutral colour Crumb Cake and it makes a quick and effective background for any card. For this card however, I used Berry Burst. Lemon Lime Twist has quickly become my favourite new colour… here it is close up!

 

I was having so much fun with this stamp set, that I thought I’d make another card for the challenge today. This time I thought outside the box a little bit! For some reason, the outline of the phone made me think of an oven! I love cupcakes as much I love texting! 🙂

I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to create my delicious cupcake. To get the effect of the oven door, cut out the inside of the “phone screen” and adhered a piece of vellum cardstock on the underside of the screen. I used a slim piece of silver foil paper to create the “shelf” in the over. A quick stamp using the Labeller Alphabet stamp to say “BAKE” and my oven was underway. I used the gorgeous Berry Burst colour again combined with Basic Black and Whisper White.

Thanks for stopping by today to share in this weeks’ What Will You Stamp? challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Design Team’s challenge. It is such a fun stamp set to use. If you’ve got this in your stash or can get your hands on it (once you’ve finished texting), then please join in our challenge. We’d love to see what you create!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

 

What Will You Stamp? #141 – Labels to Love

Who doesn’t love a stamp set that has loads of versatility for holidays all throughout the year. The “Labels to Love” stamp set is perfect for exactly that and it is also perfect for #wwys141 this week!

Today I chose to use the super cute Mini Pizza Boxes for my project and then made some equally as cute (and quick) 3″ x 3″ cards to go inside my mini pizza box.

To decorate the box, I cut a piece of DSP 8.4cm x 8.4cm and adhered to the top of the mini pizza box using snail adhesive.

I teamed the Labels to Love stamp set with my favourite Designer Series Paper from the holiday catalogue – Around The World. It has lots of great patterns to use, it is hard to decide which is my favourite! I showcased some more of the DSP with my 3×3 cards:

I must admit when I opened the DSP and saw the “soldier” paper, I gasped. It is such a fun and adorable piece of DSP. The “food” one (top left) is super fun as well.

I can’t wait to create more gift card packs using the mini pizza boxes… if you haven’t got them, you MUST get them now. And just before you do that, don’t forget to pop on over to the WWYS blog and check out more Labels to Love creations.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

What Will You Stamp? #140 – Letters for You

I’m excited to be back today with the What Will You Stamp? Design Team… I haven’t had a chance to play along lately so was excited to get back on deck today!!! I even managed to get 3 other challenge creations made as well. WOO HOO!

So today we’re up to #wwys140 and we’re showing you just how versatile the Letters For You stamp set can be. The possibilities are endless due to the individual letters! You can check out all the Design Team creations over on the What Will You Stamp? blog. 

I love to show my appreciation and thanks to those that help me or my family and today’s project was created exactly for that. I decided to steer away from a “traditional” card and created a special project for a special someone.

I love that you don’t have to you use stamps on a card and can create so many party decorations or supplies.

I used the cute “bow builder” punch to decorate the top of the bamboo skewer and added some retired Bermuda Bay sequin trim to match the stamped images and bow.

Underneath that delicious vanilla buttercream icing was an equally scrumptious marble cake (vanilla & chocolate) and you can’t have a cake without sprinkles!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you can play along with our challenge this week over at What Will You Stamp? Be sure to upload your creation if you can!

Happy Crafting,

 

Create this project at home using these products:

Letters For You Photopolymer Bundle

Letters For You Photopolymer Bundle
[142348]
$231.25

Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim

Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
[137910]
$8.75

Big Shot

$159.00

Glue Dots

$8.00

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Stampin' Up!, What Will You Stamp?|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

Santa’s Suit – (wash, fold, dry, repeat)

I told you I’d be back with another card with the awesome Santa’s Suit stamp set and Santa Builder framelits and here I am!!! I can’t take credit for today’s card; it was created by Stamp, Pray, Love. It was such a fun card, I just had to CASE it… CASE stands for “copying and share everything”… most creators are happy for your to CASE their cards, as long as you give credit is given where credit is due.

Who doesn’t love imaging Santa getting ready for his big night once a year? Well, I’m sure Mrs. Claus does the boring mundane chores like washing in preparation… or does she get the Elves to do it? Either way, it was great inspiration for this card!

This stamp suit is great for two-step stamping; stamp the outline in Basic Black and then stamp the infill in Real Red (or Crumb Cake for the pegs).

We created this card at a recent Christmas Stamp-A-Stack class and the participants loved it so much it made their shopping list! Has it made yours or does it now?

Happy Crafting,

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Stampin' Up!|1 Comment