Sunday, 3 June 2018

Petal Palette, Designer Series Paper, Craft Supplies Galore!

This weekend has been a particularly crafty one with our class yesterday, and an expose on the new annual catalogue.  There's lots to love about both.  The projects we made in class showcased the many wonderful things you can do with the Petal Palette Stamp Set and co-ordinating Petals & More Thinlits. 
Our latest catalogue contains an extensive colour revamp.  The new colours in the range are gorgeous, and some of your favourites from previous In Color groups have returned....Poppy Parade...swoon, Mint Macaron...sigh, Blackberry Bliss...hooray!  Of course there's lots to love about the new stamps, fresh selection of Designer Series Paper and delicious embellishments.  And don't forget there's some great packaging options, and we've added some new thicker cardstock in Very Vanilla.  Shimmery White cardstock is back and so is StazOn Jet Black Ink!  A particular favourite product of mine are the acetate boxes (page 193), sized to hold 5 cards and envelopes, they make a great gift for friends and family members; just pop a few of your cards in there, add some ribbon and away you go!

Don't forget there's items being added to the clearance rack regularly.  This week, my pick would be the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper for $7.70!  
​That's 12 sheets of gorgeous double-sided paper goodness.  Whoa!

To place your catalogue orders, please go to my online store and use the JUNE HOST CODE 2GGQ23RR for orders up to $250.  

Craft happy!
Karen x

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Graffiti Wall Birthday Card

I first saw the idea for this card on Pinterest by Natalie OShea.  It appealed to me because it's suitable for teens and young adults, plus it's adaptable to either male or female cards.

You might look at this and think there's a couple of retired colours - but SURPRISE! They're coming back in Stampin' Up's Colour Refresh 2018 Annual Catalogue, out on 1 June.

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets - Confetti Celebrations, Petal Palette, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Basic Black, Tranquil Tide, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron 
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Big Shot with Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

1.  Cut your card stock:

Tranquil Tide for the card base is half an A4 sheet. Or 148mm x 210mm.  Fold it in half
Sahara Sand is the mat layer cut to 143mm x 100mm.
Whisper White is the layer I stamped on cut to 138mm x 95mm.

2. Begin by inking up your Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with Sahara Sand ink - just wipe the ink pad across the side of the folder with the raised edges.  This will give you the colour in the "mortar" area of the bricks.  Run through the Big Shot.

3. Using stamps from the Confetti Celebration set, stamp in Basic Black randomly over the bricks.  You will lose some of the image in the mortar lines, and that's the idea, because graffiti goes over the top of the bricks.  If you prefer not to have this look, try stamping before you dry emboss and compare the look.

Stamp the leaves from Petal Palette in Tranquil Tide.  I stamped off first to give a softer look.  I added the grass image from Sheltering Tree Stamp Set.  Stamping over the edges of the paper also gives a nicer look to the finished design.

Finally finish with the dotted stamp from Gorgeous Grunge set in Mint Macaron and again I stamped a couple of times in a stamped off Tranquil Tide.  Stamping off gives more texture and a greater tone range for more interest.

4. Adhere the stamped layer to the Sahara Sand mat, then to the card front.

Happy Stamping! 

NB. Gorgeous Grunge is retired.

NB. Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron are not available until the new catalogue goes live on 1 June 2018.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Embossing Paste

Happy Friday Everyone!

I've been playing with our new embossing paste (item #141979) and it's very versatile.  So this month I'm running a technique class to show you how to use it.  Hop onto the contact me page and reserve your spot at the table.

These are some of the projects I've made and I'm very happy with the results.  I think I may need to get me some more paste though...giggle......

Hope you can join us!

Happy stamping

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Catalogue Launch Party Fun

We had a fabulous time at the launch party this year.

Here are some of the projects and products that I had on display.

Stampin' Up! colours give you so many options with the many shades and tones available.  And the 5 new In Colors work beautifully with our colour families.

I CASED this banner from Dawn Olchefske at Dostampingwithdawn.  Isn't it pretty?  It uses the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

This cute muslin bag was a customer gift.  I filled it with craft goodies for them to take home.  The window box was made using my favourite DSP, sadly retired, but I couldn't resist it with the new Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide card stock.

Banner close up of this little cutie.  Yes, I hand cut him out of the designer series paper.  BUT the framelits that are part of this suite co-ordinate with many of the images in the paper.  Just not this one....giggle!

Cased the bag on the left from the catty.  Check it out on page 126.  I think I did a pretty good joob.  The card on the right is a standard layout that I've used a lot over the years, but I think it showcases the paper and punch very well.  And I absolutely love that font in the greeting.

This was my first side step card in ages.  Love the Calypso Coral poppin' colour!  The card in the background is cased from Cardiology by Jari.  I just love the layout.  And the one on the right is from Stampin' Up!  The Daisy Delight set really lends itself to a cottage garden style.

This card was inspired by a project on page 126 of the 2017 - 2018 annual catalogue.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Color Theory stack.  The sentiment is from Ribbon of Courage.  I love how it turned out.

This was my first daisy posie.  I found the watering can in the dollar store and doesn't it lend itself to this posie?  I stamped the flowers on Whisper White cardstock with Perfect Plum ink and the leaves are a retired SU Bigz Die.  The flower centres are the new gold Faceted Gems.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you like the look of these projects, join my June stamp camp.  Check out the calendar page for details.
Happy Stamping!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Gate Fold Cards

Last week I did a class on gate fold cards.  It was great!

I chose a simple gate fold layout with the opening in the centre front, and a "belly band" closure with an embellishment on the front.

The ladies really enjoyed themselves.  To keep them rolling, I challenged them to make at least one more over the next few days.  With their permission, I'm sharing them here.

Please note they are all different brands of products.  I don't have a supply list, and because I'm an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I can't endorse other products.

But I would like to encourage you to get all your craft goodies out and have a play!
By Gayle

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

By Avril

And here's a couple of mine with some left over DSP.

I hope you'll see some ideas here that you can use.  Here's the dimensions to make this style of card:

Base Card
21cm x 14.8cm – essentially half a piece of A4
Score at 5.25cm from each end (in landscape view)

Mat – 4.75cm x 14.3cm
DSP – 4.25cm x 13.8cm

Belly Band
23cm x 3.8cm
Score at 6cm from each end


10.4cm x 3.3cm.  Cut 2 if you want to decorate the front and back

Happy Stamping!



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

April Card Making Class - Gate Fold

Next week's April card making class will focus on a gate fold style of card.

We'll be playing with the Oh So Succulent suite of products from the current Occasions catalogue.

Here's a sample

The Designer Series Paper has some lovely colours:  Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive and Whisper White.

The patterns are lovely, with some small detailed and repetitive, like stripes and plaid, while others are soft and floral, echoing the designs of the succulents in the stamp set and framelits (bundle and save $).

If you'd like to join the class on Friday 28 April at 10:30am, please email me.  Space is limited so don't delay!

Click here if you'd like to order Stampin' Up! products.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy crafting.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Onstage 2017 Swaps

Last weekend I attended our Onstage Local event at Luna Park in Sydney.
I decided 3 days out that I'd do some swaps, so I set about making a quick bookmark using the beautiful Flourish Thinlits, the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Layering Circles Framelits.

As usual, it was a production line cutting all the pieces to get ready to assemble.

Those flowers took me ages to do because I made black ones for the front, and cut out the coloured ones for the back - 4 flowers per bookmark, 30 bookmarks.  Do the math......and it's 60 times through the Big Shot!  Thank goodness for Harry Potter.  I watched 3 movies!

My top tip for attaching the flowers to the stitched shapes piece: Get an old embellishment pot (like the ones we get with buttons in them) and put a squirt of liquid glue in the bottom.  Then, using a wedge of a sponge with a bulldog clip handle, dip into the glue and dab it onto the back of the flower.  You get just the right amount of glue without any mess.  And while I love my fine-tip glue pen, it would've been way to slow in a production line task like this one.
Finally, I love the way the bright colours work with black.  And the Wink of Stella....Pow!

Finished result, front and back, packaged into bags with my recipe on the back.  Love!

Now, how about what I got in's a sampling......

This is a tealight gift box from my upline Linda Dalke.  So pretty!

This clever creation is by Vanessa Chivers who credits Gosia Mackinnon's original design.
It's a clever use of the Detailed Floral Thinlits die, containing a battery operated tea light.

And doesn't it cast a lovely shadow? Imagine a bunch of these decorating a table for a  party.

A special treat box containing chocolate easter eggs is the creation of Cath Reed.
 Love the topper using the Foxy Friends stamp set.

This One Wild Ride stamp set looks great with the Brick Wall textured embossing folder as the background.  It looks like Tanya's added some ink before running it through the Big Shot becuase it really pops.  By Tanya Kane

Who doesn't love the Stylish Lady in Beautiful You.  A touch of sparkle from the glimmer paper and the Swirly Bird Thinlits takes it up a notch too, don't you think? By Rosie Spezzano

The Lift Me Up stamp set and co-ordinating Up & Away Thinlits has some great layering oppotunities, thanks Anna Wheaton

Love the copper embossing on this card by Nerida Carter.  And how cute is that little bee? 
Scissor charm by Anna Wheaton - a close up is on my facebook page at

What a great way to showcase a monotone design.  I love everything about this card.  All that texture is so pretty.  Thanks Charmaine Andrews
By Genna Gifford.  Love how she's hand drawn the outline around the flowers and the stitching with a Rich Razzleberry marker 
This cute little holder by Fiona Bradley hold two tea bags.  It would be a nice addition to a letter for a friend.  I know, I said letter, not email, right?!
This one layer card is so effective using Timeless Texture and Balloon Adventures stamp sets,
by Deb Krupa 
By Sandra Lill.  You can't see the detail as well on the photo, but Sandra has wet the paper then added Pacific Point ink and sprinkled some rock salt over the top.  It's made a lovely background.

If there's anything there that you like and want more info, message me and I'll try to help out with the supply lists that came with each swap.

Happy stamping!