Sunday, July 21, 2013

Three Cards

Tonight I just wanted to share a couple of new cards with you.  

Like many (most?) card-makers, I struggle with the guy-cards, I have to really work hard to keep them clean and simple, stick to "dark" colours and not add any ribbon or bling!  So for Fathers Day this year I am sticking with a bold geometric card in a monochromatic colour scheme.   

These colours are Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Suede; the stampset is the Six Sided Sampler with the co-ordinating Hexagon punch.  We will be making this card at Stamp Club in August, along with a matching Flip Book to pop some photos into.  I'm looking forward to creating a new flipbook, I considered making another of the albums that I made for the recent Blog Hop, but it is too time-consuming for a class so I have trawled Pinterest looking for ideas and have found something I think will work - I'll share the results with you once I have had a play!

For my next card, I go back to my regular style with a pop of colour and a bit of a collage with tags, butterflies and some frill.  This card uses all new products, the Chalk Talk stampet and co-ordinating Framelit dies, the background is created with the faux washi-tape stampset called Tape It, and the greeting is from Hello Lovely.

And last but not least, these fun butterfly cards were a gift for my Launch Party attendees to showcase the new 2013-15 In-Colours - aren't they gorgeous??  I created the ink splatters with some drops from the Coastal Cabana reinker applied directly to the brush of my large aqua painter, and flicked with my fingertip.  I actually do not recommend this method, my finger is dyed blue!  You can get the same effect from a spritzer with a lot less mess!  Stampsets are Happy Day and Papillion Potpourri, with 4 different punches and a new vintage button tied with some linen thread.

Stay tuned for more projects next week!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ESAD 2013-14 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

Once again I am thrilled to be taking part in the ESAD Blog Hop to celebrate the many wonderful new products from our new Annual Catalogue.  Before we get started, you may be wondering who/what ESAD is about!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends, and wonderful 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 and I'll contact you with information on how to join our wonderful group.

You may have hopped here from Corina Beyer’s blog or you may just be starting here, but either way I hope you enjoy the Hop!

Now, onto my creation.  I was inspired by a couple of projects I’ve seen around recently, which can be traced back to this post onthe Stampin’ Up! Blog a few weeks ago.  This is a Mini Pocket Album, with a little tag inside each pocket, and it was created from scratch using just cardstock and DSP, even for the binding. 

I wanted something a little sturdier than cardstock for my front and back covers, so for these I have covered some of the backing board from our Glimmer Paper in DSP.  Before I even began, I knew that I wanted to use the Epic Day DSP because it is so fun and versatile (and I do love a bit of grunge!) and it can be used for almost any occasion.  I also really wanted to use the co-ordinating Epic Day This & That Designer Washi Tape as well, an album seemed like the perfect way to combine this gorgeous new product that is so on-trend right now.  I really love how it gives such a nice finishing touch to each page, as well as being functional by doubling as the adhesive to hold my photos down.

I’ve made my album with 4 pockets; the beauty of creating your own album is that you can make as many or as few pages as you like.  I decided mine was bulky enough with 4 pages, because I used the new Very Vintage Designer Buttons on each tab which added a lot of thickness.  But it turned out to be perfect for me as I have 3 daughters, and I used the 4th pocket to include a photo of the whole family.  We have been plagued with winter ills for the last couple of weeks, but I am going to ask each child to draw or write something on the back of their personal pocket once everyone is well again!





The tabs on each of the inserts were created with the new Artisan Label punch, which has the matching Label Love stampset (not used on this project) and the openings of my pockets were created by placing an Oval Framelit in the centre of my cardstock and covering only the left-half of with the upper cutting plate in my Big Shot, which left the right-half with not enough pressure to do the cut.  The cardstock was then folded in half at the edge and secured closed with Sticky Strip on the top and bottom, and inserted into the accordion binding and secured with some Glue Dots.

Supplies used:

Paper and Colours:
Epic Day Designer Series Paper
Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Gumball Green
Ink – Gumball Green, Calypso Coral

Feel Goods
Best of Flowers
Morning Post Alphabet
Happy Day
Remember This & That Rotary Stamp

Big Shot
Finishing Touches Edgelits
Window Frame Framelits
Oval Collection Framelits
Artisan Label Punch
1" Circle Punch
Corner Rounder Punch

Linen Thread
Epic Day This & That Designer Washi Tape
Very Vintage Designer Buttons
Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Anywhere Gluesticks
Paper Piercing Tool, Mat and Festive Paper Piercing Template

I hope you have enjoyed this project, and please remember to leave a comment if you have enjoyed your visit today.  Your next stop on the Hop is Narelle Hoggard.

New Catalogue time!

Yay, I'm so excited to finally be able to share the 2013-14 Annual Catalogue with you!

Ordering begins at midday, and my Online Store will update then as well.

Pleaase use Hostess Code CRM2KYD7.

Stampin' Up! have also announced today that 3 of the Greeting stampsets have 25% off in July - how good is that?

Petite Pairs:

Sassy Salutations:

Sweet Essentials:

Check back later today for the ESAD Blog Hop showcasing some of the wonderful new Catalogue products!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Best of Butterflies

Today is the LAST DAY to order from the 2012-13 Annual Catalogue.  I'm getting very excited for the start of the new Catalogue tomorrow!!!!

It is also a new month, so the 2nd in the series of "Best of" stamps has been released - Best of Butterflies!

See you back here tomorrow with a link to the 2013-14 Catalogue!