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World Card Making Day Free Class

Hey everybody,

World Card Making Day really snuck up on us this year, particularly being on the same day as the AFL grand final. We are not huge footy fans in our house, but when a team sneaks into the top eight, who hasn't won a Grand Final since 1954, and they get through all the finals, and you live in Melbourne and your husband's step-father is a big Doggie's fan, you've kind of got to get involved!

So World Card Making Day came and went . . . And the Doggies won the Grand Final in a very exciting close game!

However, the awesome surprise promotion that Stampin' Up! put on for World Card Making Day wasn't limited to Saturday, it actually runs for 5 days and so it is still on until 11.59pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

There are only a few items on the sale, but they are ALL awesome! And I just wanted to point a couple of them out and see if I can't entice you!

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First is the Designer Tin Of Cards Kit. - watch this Watch Now

This is a brilliant kit, containing all the materials for 16 completed cards - 4 each of 4 designs. I love this kit so much that I am willing to offer a free class voucher (for assembling the kit) to anyone who purchases it while the promotion is still running. We will organise a date and get together to make up the cards in the kit.

The kit is normally $47.00 but during the promotion it is just $35.25 which works out at just over $2.20 per card.

There is also a separate 33 piece photo-polymer stamp set which co-ordinates with the kit. The very versatile stamp set is just $45.00 and would be very useful for a whole heap of other cards, not just for assembling the kit.

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Also in the World Card Making Day special is Fast Fuse Tape with a free refill.

If you've been stamping with me lately, you'll have seen that this is now my GO TO adhesive.

Now that I've worked out how to use it, I love it's super sticking power and I think it's fantastic that the refill is 20m instead of just 12m like the original and the Snail and Snail Refill.

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The Fast Fuse is normally $13, and the refill is $11. During the special, order a Fast Fuse and get a refill free! How awesome is that??

Actually, I'm so in love with this kit and the Fast Fuse that not only will I offer a free class to anyone ordering the kit, if you order all three items (Designer Tin of Cards, Tin of Cards Stamp Set AND Fast Fuse - with free refill), I will give you free postage AND a Stampin' Up! photopolymer Angel Policy Stamp from the "Better Than Email" Stamp Set to stamp the backs of your cards with. Total cost is $93.25, postage is normally $5.95 and the Angel Policy stamp is worth $2.33.

If you message me (via Facebook - ) or send an email to that you would like to take up the offer, and can phone me with your credit card details during the day tomorrow, then I will make sure these items are delivered to your door with free postage!

But, I need to hear from you and confirm your credit card details before the sale ends tomorrow - and given that we normally go to bed relatively early, don't ring me after 9pm!

Don't forget - Buy the Kit, get a voucher for a free class where we can all sit and assemble our kits, using my extra supplies.

Buy the Kit, Stamp Set and Fast Fuse with free refill and get free postage and an extra "Copyright" stamp for stamping the backs of your cards.

Email or message me in the next 23 hours!

Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalogue




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Wow! We ARE loving all the new products in the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue - there is such variety, something for everyone, and so it's great to share that not only with you, our regular blog readers, but with our fellow demonstrators in a blog hop. It's amazing to see what different tastes we all have, and what projects we have come up in the short time since we were able to pre-order the products.

I knew straight away I wanted to order the Wonder of Christmas Stamp Set. I could see the cute angel not only coloured in with water colour, but also paper-pieced. Those of you who've known me for a while, know that I don't mind a bit of fussy cutting with the fine scissors and I loved laying out all the new papers to see which ones would work well with the angel.

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I'll show you some close up photos in a second, but before that, in case you are just joining us here (or have received this as an email as one of my blog subscribers), today is ESAD Blog Hop Day!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other. So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

You may have arrived on my blog from Papillon Papercraft - or you may be just starting here. Welcome, enjoy the wonderful inspiration.

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So, more details of my projects!

My team always does a product share when there's a new catalogue, so we all get samples of all the new papers / ribbons / embellishments etc. So when I was looking for a patterned paper for my paper pieced angels, I layed out all my samples of the Designer Series Papers and straight away I settled on "Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack". 

At first the designs and colours didn't really appeal to me, but when looking at the style of the angel, something about these rustic, homey, folk arty, old fashioned quilt type images jumped out at me and screamed patchwork angels!

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I settled on three combinations using 6 sheets of the paper, along with Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Basic Black Card Stock

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This first one is a "Z-fold" card, which laid flat looks like this.

It's such a simple fold, and when standing seems less flimsy than a normal card.

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For my second card, I went for exactly the same folds, but when you place them vertically, they become a really simple easel card.

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For my third design I also wanted a fancy fold card rather than a flat card, so I rewound the clock about 2 years and created another square pop-out window card - remember those?

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I am just so happy with how cute those papers work in making some rustic, olde worldy patchwork type Christmas Cards - love them! Can't wait to try some other designs!

I hope you love them too, but now I really need to send you on your way to the next blog on the blog hop, that of my lovely friend Michele Jutrisa. Click on the blue arrow and enjoy Michele's work. You can click on the blue arrow at the bottom of each blog to do a full circle. Enjoy the inspirational journey!

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Detailed Floral Thinlets Cardmaking Ideas

Square Tea Light Holder or Lantern

I said I was going to show you more projects I have made recently with the Botanical Blooms Builder Framelits, but I have scheduled that post for another day, because in the meantime, THIS happened!!

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I posted this photo on a demonstrator only group on Facebook and in less than 24 hours had 500 reactions!! And plenty of really lovely comments too! Including requests for the instructions.

So, since it has been so well liked, I thought I had better share it with my other stamping friends too, not just demonstrators!

Start with an A4 sheet of Crumb Cake Card stock. Cut it in half lengthways. You'll have two pieces, each measuring 10.5cm x 29.8cm.

Score at 11cm and 22cms, then cut off the end at the 22.5cm mark.

Cut a 13 x 13cm square also of Crumb Cake, score all four sides at the 1cm mark. Snip out the corners.

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Line up the largest thinlet from Detailed Floral Thinlets within each square of the side wall pieces and cut it using the Big Shot. You will need to cut it twice in each piece.

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Apply Stampin' Up! Tear 'n' Tape as shown in the picture and join the two side wall pieces together.

Decorate by stamping and sponging with Cajun Craze and Soft Suede Ink Pads. I used the border stamp from the co-ordinating Floral Phrases Stamp Set and the spatter stamp from Swirly Bird Stamp Set and lots of sponging with my Stampin' Up! sponge daubers.

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When you have done enough "antiquing" its time to attach layers of vellum on the inside of each panel. I used the Stampin' Up! Card Stock Vellum - love this gorgeous, smooth, thick vellum. The start attaching the base by wrapping the long side wall panel around the base starting in one corner and working each side.

Insert a battery operated tea light and enjoy the gorgeous warm glow.

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How much do you love that antiqued look and the beautiful cut-out design?

The Detailed Floral Thinlets are $49.00 AUS or can be purchased in a bundle with the lovely co-ordinating stamp set, Floral Phrases which is available in Stampin' Up!s quality red rubber in woodmount or clearmount, to adhere to your clear blocks.

There is in fact, a whole beautiful product suite on pages 76 & 77 of our catalogue. See it here.

Mail-A-Card Monday

On my team Facebook page we have a different segment most days to get everyone inspired and active, and Monday is Mail-A-Card day, because after all, we make so many cards, why shouldn't we actually write on some of them and put them in the post to let someone know we are thinking of them!

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Today I am posting a birthday card to someone special - I'll share photos of that, and other similar cards we made at Stamp Club a bit later on - after the birthday has been and gone. But in the mean time, I did promise to tell you a little more about our On Stage event in Sydney.

On Stage is the new name for our Stampin' Up! get togethers that are a combined training day and usually catalogue premiere. It's a time for rewards and recognition for achieving demonstrators, an opportunity to try new products and a wonderful time to catch up with people face to face who we mostly just see on the internet.

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In April, many of us went to Sydney for the event which was also the Product Premiere for our new Annual Catalogue which starts in just over a week from now. It is such an exciting time to see the new products and to be able to order a tiny selection of them before anyone else can. Can you tell by the bent spine on my catalogue that it's almost worn out already?

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I volunteered to help set up the displays and hand out Prize Patrol and be part of the entertainment while people were queuing at registration this year - this was an immense amount of fun, besides a really great way to catch up with lots and lots of people.

And do you have any idea how HARD it was setting up the displays on Friday and not being able to say one word to my team members about what I was seeing or doing? My team are like family and the whole time I was setting up products and samples I was thinking how excited they are going to be and who was going to love which items the most! It was SO much fun! And I couldn't wait to see their faces the next day!

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On Friday evening a small group of us participated in Centre Stage - a special Leadership training and dinner for those who have attained Silver Elite level in our career plan. We had a fun, interactive leadership session and then a gorgeous sit down dinner.

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On Saturday we had the main event with all our friends, including several Live crosses to the global event in Utah, make and take projects, the catalogue launch and lots of giveaways. We learned to LOVE the five new In Colours and took home a colour chart we had made and some sample cards.

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Of course, as soon as I could get my hands on more ink and card, I had to make some more samples with the new In Colours and I created a quick and easy set of five cards inspired by one of the demonstrations from On Stage, by the very talented and lovely Sarah Klass from WA, and using the Every Occasion stamp set which is a brand new set I received in Prize Patrol.

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And of course I had to round out the weekend with a lovely run on Sunday morning - to counter all the hours off sitting on Saturday - so I went out early and got a big dose of all the sights which make Sydney so special, and followed that up with brunch at the Rocks and a leisurely trip home in the late afternoon.

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Our next On Stage Event is in Brisbane in November - and it's the global one where demonstrators from all over the world are welcome to attend. I would love, love, love more of my stamping friends to come to these events with us - you do have to be a demonstrator though to attend. Have you ever thought about what that would be like?

Can you picture yourself surrounded by crazy stamping ladies, all having an amazing, exciting, inspiring time, being the first to see the new catalogue in real life and get your hands on new goodies a couple of months before anyone else?

You could be there!

You'd be very welcome and we'd make sure you are looked after. If you can see yourself being a part of this, ask me today about being part of our fun, crazy, caring Stampin' Up! team.

Happy New Year!

I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2016.

As some of you know, I was away in England for a couple of weeks experiencing my first very cold (but not White) Christmas with family. It was lovely to experience life in a small English village and to see the amazing Christmas decorations and all the wondrous displays in the shops.

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These utterly gorgeous, larger than life reindeer were set up in the garden at Aston Pottery and I think I definitely need some of these for our front garden!

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This extremely old and fragile nativity scene was set up beautifully in an even older amazing barn - the 800 year old Great Coxwell Barn. So beautiful!

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Each model stood over a metre high, and they were very detailed. They don't make things like they used to!!

And how is this delightful Christmas tree in front of that darling old (restored beautifully) barn?

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I arrived home in time to have my family Christmas on New Year's eve and Tony's family Christmas on New Year's Day, so I am a bit slower than everyone else in packing up Christmas and throwing myself into the new year. However, I did "undress" the tree yesterday with help from my darling little white friend who missed me terribly while I was away - at least, she had cuddles ALL day the day I got back and has gone back to ignoring me ever since - except when the tinsel came off the tree.

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Isn't she just too cute! She has been guarding the tree quite noticably - with a look on her face which says, "They are my presents, hands off!". She hid under the bed when the family was all here, but came out later and stalked around the tree with some look on her face!

Today when I put the tree out on the front verandah to go in the green bin, she sat at the front door sniffing and sniffing, like she knew I had taken away her latest toy!

I hope you had as exciting a Christmas as she did!

What have I got planned for the New Year?

Well, there's lots happening right now! Sale-a-bration - our biggest promotion of the year started on Tuesday, along with our new (very gorgeous) Occasions Catalogue. Later this month I am going to be at Chirnside Park shopping centre for our regular kiosk appearance, however this month and next are slightly different and quite special!

This month our booking coincides with the Chirnside Park Twilight Market, so we will be there ALL DAY Thursday 21st until 9pm AND we will be there again all day Friday - two full-on days of card-making and meeting the lovely local people.

We will repeat that again in February with the Twilight Market on Thursday 25th and following it with our normal day on Friday 26th February.

Because I've been away, I haven't had much of a play with new products from the new catalogue or Sale-a-bration, but I have loved seeing what my fellow demonstrators have been creating with their pre-order products. There are lots of suites of products this time around, which is delightful as it gives you such amazing coordination options. One of my favourites is the Botanical Gardens Suite.


How much fun are those lovely rainforest images and funky colours?

I am definitely going to be having a play with that over the next few days!

If you'd like a close up look at the Botanical Gardens Suite of products, click here. The stamp set, framelits and Designer Series Paper are all available in a 15% off coordinating bundle.

If you order the gorgeous bundle and add one more small item bringing the product total to $90 you can choose any FREE Sale-a-bration item to  go with your order. There is a super cute Vellum Paper stack that coordinates with the Botanical Garden Suite.

Need help with that, or want to see a hardcopy of the catalogues? Send me a message on 0418 361 931 or leave a comment below.

See you soon with ink on your fingers!



Memory Keeping - Stampin' Up! Style

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This month we are focusing on Memory Keeping (Scrapbooking/Project Life).

We all take photos right?

Well, capturing every day moments is so special and we need to document these to cherish. We are all passionate about memory keeping and we want to continue to inspire each other, and you, as we move forward in 2016!

Last weekend was our very first On Stage Event - a training and catalogue premier event hosted by Stampin' Up! It was a really fun, jam packed event where demonstrators got together in several locations around the globe and stamped, and got sneak peaks of our new catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure so we can start planning our 2016 classes and workshops.

We always take zillions of photos at our Stampin' Up! events, but I for one am very bad at scrapbooking them! This time around, I wanted to do something fast and easy, so I took the utterly gorgeous notebook we received at On Stage, and started "converting" it to a smash album.

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I started by attaching my name badge and ribbons on the inside front cover.

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Then because Centre Stage (the Leadership dinner and training) was held on Friday evening before the main event, I popped in the Centre Stage invitation and a photo of the gorgeous table centrepiece. I have seen a photo on Facebook of my team member Julie and I at the event, which I will try to find again and print to pop on this page also.

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Next was a photo of the Statement of the Heart which was set up on each table - I will print a much better photo to stick here - I didn't realise this one was so small and grainy! And the program and speakers for the day.

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In my notes I had scribbled a list of team members names as they appeared at the event. I got a bit teary over this, as I had counted 10 coming and in the end there were 15 of us plus our two favourite adoptees. As is quite normal now (and fingers crossed will one day be fixed), we didn't get a full team photo before our lovely Margi had to leave to go to another function, which is so disappointing, but the days are always so busy and packed with activity and it's really hard to get a team photo at lunch time when people have headed off to find coffee etc, so unfortunately we didn't get all 17 of us in the photo, but it was the perfect page in my notebook to add the two photos.

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I had several pages of notes and sketches so I won't show them here, but where there were gaps in the notes, I popped a few photos of things we saw at the event - projects on the displays, projects up on the big screen from the live streaming from Brussels, etc.

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 We had a terrific day with every team member receiving a Prize Patrol and a couple of All Attendee Give-Aways which made for some very happy stampers. It's one of the noisiest and most exciting parts of the day - seeing a fantastic presentation featuring a stack of projects made with brand new products, and then hearing that new stamp set is the next Prize Patrol - there's a drum roll and everyone has fingers crossed that their colour will come up on the screen!

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I used one of our new stamp sets "ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS" to add a title and a bit of stamping to our Prize Patrol pages.

You'll notice another product I have used half to death in the making is our Project Life Corner Rounder Punch! What would I do without that!

There are several more pages to show you, including lots of photos of our make and take projects and displays, but you get the gist of how quick and easy it was to throw this memory album together, without having to buy a separate album or journal, and with just using the flyers/paperwork from the event and lots of fun photos.

I better let you go one with the blog hop now!

The last person in the Blog Hop is Kate Morgan. Click on the picture to go to her blog, and if you did just start at my blog, then please enjoy the full circle of Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping blog posts today.

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Claire Daly
  2. Alisha Watson
  3. Ros Davidson
  4. Tina Gillespie
  5. Kathryn Ruddick
  6. Kate Morgan

Card Making Colour Challenge

Welcome to the Art With Heart Team Blog Hop for October. This month we have a colour challenge for you.

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So, what did I come up with using those colours??

When I saw the colour selection, I immediately thought of our Project Life Card Collections ( #PLxSU ) and accessory packs.

And given that one of the colours is Mint Macaron which I wore to a recent family wedding, I decided I would (finally) have another play with the Project Life pockets and cards.

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I have used cards from three #PLxSU collections :

  • Moments Like These Card Collection and Accessory Pack
  • Hello Baby Boy Card Collection
  • Hello Baby Girl Card Collection

I have a confession . . . I think Pink Pirouette is a bit of an insipid colour - far too light to stamp with, so when I discovered the Project Life Hello Baby Girl Card Collection contained Blushing Bride instead of Pink Pirouette, the rebellious streak in me fist pumped the air and called "Yeah! Baby!!"

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I have embellished with extra flowers, hearts and stamps from Pictogram Punches and Hello Life stamp sets and I have used two of the #PLxSU stamp sets - Moments Like These and Hello Baby to stamp the wedding date.  

As you can see from some of the pockets, they are a little empty - I would like to get a couple more photos printed and pop in just a couple more different snaps from the happy day to fill the spaces - I'm thinking the bouquets and some of the details of the reception.

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And you may have noticed on the first two pages, I also stamped onto the #PLxSU cards using our amazing Alphabet Rotary Stamp, so I could spell out the name of the venue and the bride and grooms names.

I just love how many cards there are to choose from in the Moments Like These, Hello Baby Boy and Hello Baby Girl PL card collections which contain Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder.

You could be wondering - Okay, where is the Blackberry Bliss??

All of the stamped headings, journalling and matting of a couple of the photos uses Blackberry Bliss. (Yes, I know, depending on what device you're on, it can look like Basic Black instead, but I reassure you, it's our lovely dark purple).

I just love these colours together.

Now, I must let you move on in the blog hop - but before I do, have you heard about the GREAT opportunity to earn more Stampin' products as a party hostess (or get a greater discount on your Stampin' Up! Starter Kit by putting your Stampin' Rewards $$ towards the starter kit) between 8th October to 9th November?

It's a great time to host a party/workshop or even a virtual party on Facebook. Contact me on 0418 361 931 to find out more.

And if you do decide to put your hostess Stampin' Rewards towards joining the Stampin' Up! family, you will love being part of our awesome Australia wide team. We are all about fun, friendship, inspiration and support.

The next person on the Blog Hop is Judy May. Click the heart to go to her blog.

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Tina Gillespie
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Genna Gifford
  4. Kathryn Ruddick
  5. Judy May
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kate Morgan

Cardmaking Inspiration

A Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop with the Art With Heart Team  Art with Heart Blog Hop Badge (250x250)

How did you enjoy the ESAD Blog Hop earlier this week? So many fabulous ideas, and all so totally different, that today I am doing it all again with some of the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team girls.

When new catalogues come out, one thing Stampin' Up! demonstrators LOVE to do is participate in card swaps so we can share all sorts of ideas and inspiration with each other. It's a great way to get lots of samples of finished cards, without having to buy all the stamp sets in the catalogue.

If that interests you, you should seriously consider joining Stampin' Up! on an active team like ours where you not only meet awesome stamping friends, but you get lots of opportunities to stamp with them and share your creativity. Ask one of us today (after you've done a full lap of the blog hop!).

Today for my post, I want to show you two different cards I made, with the same stamp set, for two different card swaps.

The Stamp set is from the Sparkly Season Bundle

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As soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew it was going to have to join my collection as I just love the nutcracker stamp - reminds me of the beautiful collection my favourite auntie used to bring out each Christmas to decorate her house.

I stamped the Nutcracker on the new Thick Whisper White card and water-coloured it using the aquapainter with Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, and Garden Green ink pads and then some tiny touches of extra shading with the Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate markers.

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Yes, I had to make 12 cards for the swap . . . 

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For the other card swap, I chose to use the ballerina stamp from the same bundle of products.

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This one is also water-coloured, but because she is such a tiny image, I decided to step her up into a shaker card, and I chose to use several bits out of the To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit - this is such an awesome kit with so many bits and pieces in it!

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Here's a close up of some of the gorgeous sparkly sequins from the kit, surrounding the tiny dancer. So cute!

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Plenty of other bits and pieces to use in the Shaker Card Kit, and plenty more stamps in the Sparkly Season stamp set that I haven't used yet!

Well, if you arrived from Jenny's blog, then it's time to let you continue on the blog hop. If you are just joining us here, click the Next button at the bottom of each post to travel through the blog hop. We hope you are inspired to get creating with the new Holiday Catalogue.

The next blog in the hop belongs to the delightful Tina Gillespie. Art With Heart Blog Hop Next Blog Badge (250x202)



If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Rachel Woollard
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kate Morgan
  4. Judy May
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kathryn Ruddick
  8. Tina Gillespie
  9. Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Stampin' Up! Punch Art Bird Cards

A Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop with ESAD

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Today I am celebrating the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalogue with some of my ESAD friends and we welcome you whether you are starting here at my blog, or have come to me by following the blog hop links, with the last stop being Rochelle Blok.

If you started right at the start of the blog hop, you are about half way thru already. If you'd like to join in and see what other demonstrators have created, there is a next button at the bottom of each post to take you to the next lot of creative projects.

You've probably seen a LOT of Christmas projects by now, so I thought I would do something different today.

About a month before a new catalogue comes out, demonstrators are able to purchase items from it on pre-order so we can make samples etc to show you prior to the catalogue going live for customers. One of the things that many teams do is product shares, so that we can get lots of samples of things like the new papers/ribbons/embellishments without having to win tattslotto to pay for it.

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I love participating in these product shares as it's a great way to get just enough of all the papers and ribbons to have a bit of a play with them and see which ones you just need to have full packs of. However, this year we had a funny bit of a conversation about what on earth are we going to do with that really ugly Into The Woods Designer Series Paper, apart from file it in the round filing basket.

Because I can never bear to throw anything out, I decided to challenge my team on our team forum to create something really cute with it just so that we are using it up instead of keeping it in our stash for that rainy day that never eventuates.

My team girls came up with some really cute projects and made the most of this difficult paper and so when I was planning for this blog hop, I decided to focus on the paper too - along with our other difficult to use paper Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper which has gorgeous Tangelo Twist and Basic Black colour scheme, but Halloween patterns which we really don't do a lot of.

So what did I create?

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Lately I have been making stacks of cute little bird cards - and since the cards are Note size, they go beautifully in these gorgeous bags which were inspired by Caroline Hallett in the UK - here's the link for her video for these bags.

There's four cards and envelopes in each bag - one set is done with Whisper White to link with the patterned paper, the other set is done in Very Vanilla.

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Another new product I have used here which has been very popular is the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I have brayered the inside of the folder with Perfect Plum ink to get the shadow between the trees.

On the second lot of cards, I brayered the inside of the same folder with Sahara Sand. It's so soft on the Very Vanilla card base.

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Here's a close up of each bag.

Stampin' Up! Circle Punch Bird Cards (4)

Stampin' Up! Circle Punch Bird Cards (5)

Aren't they just the cutest things!

But that's enough from me - I should send you on your way to visit the other ESAD girls.  And in case you have just joined us here and are wondering what is ESAD??

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

The next blog on the blog hop belongs to Monique Fielder. Click on the next button to go there.

ESAD Blog Hop Next Button Holiday 2015 (200x200)

Don't forget to leave a comment below, and if you do get lost, here are all the links in the blog hop so you can come back and try to find your way.

1. Libby Dyson

2. Paula Reid

3. Keryn Campbell

4. Carly Middleton

5. Rachael Lewsley

6. Narelle Fasulo

7. Emily Campbell

8. Emma Palonek

9. Jo Weedon

10. Rebecca Scurr

11. Andrea Buckland

12. Rochelle Blok

13. Kathryn Ruddick

14. Monique Fielder

15. Bernie Collins

16. Liv Ingle

17. Sally Williams

18. Ria Kaire

19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams

21. Lou Kitzelman

22. Barbara Williams

23. Kelly Kent

24.  Jenny Hayward

Spring into Stamping!

Can you believe what an utterly gorgeous sunny day Melbourne put on for the first day of spring?

It was still a little chilly, but that sunshine was glorious!

That, along with the launch day today of our brand new Holiday Catalogue, sure put a SPRING in my step and made me feel like there are plenty of sunny days to come!


I know we say it nearly every time, but THIS has got to be the very best Stampin' Up! seasonal catalogue ever! Fifty-one pages chock full of sparkle and glimmer to make the coming months just so much fun and full of giving!

If you'd like a hardcopy of the catalogue, instead of trying to peer at it online, please drop me an email or text message - or if you're a Facebook user, you can message me there.

I am so excited by all the giving this catalogue inspires, that I am going to be giving away some extras myself over September.  Lots in fact!

Who likes free stamping products?

Today I gave away a "By The Tide" Clear mount stamp set, a Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper stack, a Crushed Curry Classic Ink Pad, an Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker and a bottle of Stazon Cleaner, all free to a couple of lucky people, and I just happen to be looking for the next 3 people who would like FREE products!

If you are interested in free paper, ink pads, stamps or accessories, leave your phone number in the comments below (I won't publish the comments so no-one else will see your number) and I will contact you to let you know how you can have new products from the new catalogue without having to pay for them!  (Offer only available to residents of Australia).

Spring has truly sprung, and I'd love to SPRING you some free stamping supplies so don't wait, leave your contact number in the comments, and don't forget, I am looking for just the first three people!

Talk soon!