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Fashion Design in Cardmaking!

So, I really felt like I was in the Chanel studios lately, knocking out some sample sheets with colours and patterns!

And that is the one utterly amazing thing about Stampin' Up!s product range! They make it so darn easy to feel like a real artist, someone with a real flair for amazing combinations of colours, shapes, patterns . . . 

Take a look at my fashion spread!

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Seriously, you just can't create an ugly card when you put Stampin' Up!s co-ordinating products together!

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The recipients of these two beautitul copper based cards are actually two of my team members who recently advanced in title from Bronze to Bronze Elite. We don't have bronze in our colour pallet at the moment, but I'm sure you'll agree that the Copper Foil makes an awesome substitute.

I've used the Layering Squares Framelits, Copper Foil Card, Beautiful You Stamp Set and Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, along with a touch of Cajun Craze ink to finish these cards, which I think are just really lovely!

I can see myself doing lots of these types of cards in classes early next year. What do you think? Would you like to come along and get your haute couture hat on?


Beautiful You Cardmaking Ideas

I so love being one of the first to see new products coming out in Stampin' Up! catalogues! It is definitely one of the perks of being a member of the Stampin' Up! family, and also attending Stampin' Up! events, where you may be among a very small group of the first people in the world to receive a new stamp set in the Prize Patrol.

I think I had all the luck in Brisbane recently when I scored THE most coveted stamp set! Beautiful You . . . it's not available to purchase until January 4th, but I've already made half a dozen cards with it. These ones are special cards!

Several of my team members have advanced in title from Bronze to Bronze Elite, and from Bronze Elite to Silver in the last two months and its been my great joy to make them each a celebration card using the Beautiful You stamp set. I shared one earlier this month - you can see it here - and on Saturday I was able to hand another over to my newest Silver team member.

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Wow, I adore these glamorous  Dior-like images! I teamed the silver (Smoky Slate) with Mint Macaron and Basic Grey for this card.

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The gorgeous ribbon is in the Holiday Catalogue in the Paisley's Product Suite. Congratulations Heidi Bell for building your Stampin' Up! business!

If you can't possibly wait until January 4th to get your hands on this stamp set, did you know that brand new Stampin' Up! recruits can order pre-order product in their starter kit from December 1st?

By joining after December 1st you get to choose all brand new Occasions Catalogue products in your starter kit. You will also be able to pre-earn Sale-a-bration sets with any other order you place during December (one free Sale-a-bration item for each $90 product order). And you will receive new Occasions Catalogues in your starter kit to give to friends.

Who knows, one day you might be receiving a Title Advancement Celebration card from me!

Want to know more?

All the details are here!

 


Warmth & Cheer Card Making Ideas

When I saw the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, my first thought was kind of along the lines of what am I ever going to do with daggy old knitted tartan print patterns??

Well, if you saw my Angel cards using the Wonder of Christmas stamp set a couple of months back, you will know I soon got over that negative thought! I had olde worlde patchwork quilt patterns popping up every where!

But that wasn't the end of it!

No way!

Because then we went to Stampin' Up!s famous global get together - On Stage Live, in Brisbane and saw the amazing products that are coming in Sale-a-bration in January and one of the stamp sets sang to my heart, and to my Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack!

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Oh My Gosh!

How beyond cute are these fat hens from the "Hey Chick" stamp set which is one of the stamp sets you can receive free with your qualifying order in January through March! You can't buy this set, but you can receive it as a gift.

I just love, love, love it!

And of course, the paper stack is available to purchase now - in fact, if you want to recreate these cards, you will need to order the paper stack now because it's in the Holiday Catalogue and won't be available to purchase after January 3rd.

Warmth & Cheer paper

Click on the picture of the paper to go to the Online shop - and don't forget to check out the other retiring Christmas and Holiday Catalogue products while you are there!


Beautiful You - Stylish Card

As I was preparing to go to Stampin' Up!s On Stage Live event last week - a three day convention packed full of product demonstrations, make and take projects, gifts from the new catalogue coming in January, fun, friendship, leadership training, business ideas, recognition and rewards . . .  word came through that one of my lovely Tasmanian team members had advanced in title from Bronze Elite to Silver demonstrator.

I didn't have time to complete a silver card for her before I went away, but when I returned, I was very excited to bring back a divine new stamp set with me, called "Beautiful You" which I won in Prize Patrol (similar to door prizes).

Straight away this gorgeous elegant set was screaming out to me to create a Silver Congratulations card for me team member who promoted.

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Don't you just love the simple elegant lines of the stamped image, and the subtle Smoky Slate watercolouring?

I adore the whole stamp set, and will definitely be making lots of cards with it! I feel so lucky to have received it at On Stage!

How and when can you get your hands on it?

The new catalogue starts on January 4th 2017. You may order it then.

If you've considered joining the Stampin' Up! family, you could join now, then as a member, you can participate in the pre-order period which starts on December 1st. All demonstrators get to order from the new catalogue more than a month before everyone else! You could put this stamp set on your Christmas list!

You could join in December and get this stamp set along with other pre-order items as part of your starter kit. There are definite savings - you get $235 of product for only $169.00!!

My team is really wanting to welcome new stampers to our lovely creative family, we are very social, sharing and caring so ask us about the benefits today!


Stitched Shape Framelits

Not only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece. Giving a stitched gift shows just how much you value that relationship.

Stitched from the Heart

Now you have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalogue and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets.

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With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart.  There are several stamp sets that bring out the beauty of the Stitched Shapes Framelits – and they are all 25% off until 30 November. Get your Stitched Shapes Framelits and a co-ordinating discounted stamp set during November.

 

ITEM

DESCRIPTION

RETAIL PRICE

SALE PRICE

145372

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares

$50.00 AUD/$60.00 NZD

No Discount

142069 (HC P. 11)

Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD

$35.25 AUD/$42.75 NZD

143269 (HC P. 11)

Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD

$24.75 AUD/$30.00 NZD

142114 (HC P. 15)

Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

142049 (HC P. 19)

Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set

$61.00 AUD/$73.50 NZD

$45.75 AUD/$55.13 NZD

142142 (HC P. 23)

Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$40.00 AUD/$48.00 NZD

$30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD

142145 (HC P. 23)

Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD

$22.50 AUD/$27.00 NZD

142180 (HC P. 33)

Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

142206 (HC P. 43)

Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$49.00 AUD/$59.00 NZD

$36.75 AUD/$44.25 NZD

142209 (HC P. 43)

Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$35.00 AUD/$42.00 NZD

$26.25 AUD/$31.50 NZD

140386 (AC P. 31)

Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

141859 (AC P. 61)

Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

$45.00 AUD/$55.00 NZD

$33.75 AUD/$41.25 NZD

141784 (AC P. 139)

Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

Buy the Stitched Shape Framelits Here.


Stamping Retreat Challenge

We are still relaying stories of our wonderful weekend stamping retreat at the end of September. It was such a wonderful get away for 25 of our fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators, to get to know each other, to be inspired by each other to get a stack of cardmaking and scrapbooking done! Can't wait for the next one now, it was just SO good!

One of the things we organised - thanks to my lovely fellow demonstrator Michelle Corbett, bringing along a shoebox full of cut and stamped bits that were leftover from unfinished projects, was a THREE PIECE CHALLENGE

3 Piece Challenge pieces

We spread all the pieces over a table and each participant came along and selected just THREE pieces, and the objective was sometime over the weekend they had to make a finished project incorporating the three pieces. We got them to take a photo of the three pieces first, then when they had finished, they lined their finished project up alongside all the others on the table.

The variety was amazing! There were gift bags, straight cards, fancy fold cards, gift boxes! Such talent!

Here's mine!

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I loved the colours in the retired Designer Series Paper tag and could definitely see them teaming with the butterflies. After thinking about it for a while, I felt it deserved a fancy fold card, so I settled on a Centre-Step-Card.

3 Piece Challenge (1)

And the fantastic thing about being on a weekend stamping retreat is that you are with 25 other ladies who all brought along CAR LOADS of stamps - some of which you may not own! Like this one!

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I borrowed Paisleys & Posies from Michelle to complete my card. Paisleys & Posies is an 18 piece photopolymer stamp set which is in the current Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue, complete with matching Paisley Framelits, Pretty Paisley Embossing Folder and gorgeous Petals & Paisley Specialty Designer Series Paper.

You can view the whole product suite byclicking here or on the photo above.

This was a really great challenge, everyone enjoyed it and we were all "wow-ed" by each others creations.

We will be running two retreats next year - one for our stamping clients and another one for our team members. Be sure to ask us how you can attend.


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 - www.facebook.com/katlodesigns ) or send an email to kathryn@katlodesigns.com 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

 

 

ESAD 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.

Wonder of Christmas Patchwork Angels (12)

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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Wonder of Christmas Patchwork Angels (10)

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?

Wonder of Christmas Patchwork Angels (3)

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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.

Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (1)

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.

Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (2)

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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Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (4)

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!

Mail a Card Monday

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.