Thursday, 24 November 2016

Online Extravaganza Sale - Oh My Craft!




To purchase these amazing discounted products before the promotion ends, visit my online store here.

There are so many gorgeous items that you'll want to make a list......

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Stitched from the Heart

How cute are these Framelits?!



And we get to buy them early.........starting now!

But the really cool thing is that there are some current stamp sets in both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues that are a whopping 25% off till the end of November.....woo hoo!

Check them out......



So, get yours today by heading over to my Stampin' Up! store here.
If you're shopping in November, please use Host Code A7VTHE9S

Happy stamping :)

Karen

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Watercolour Words Stamp Set

This gorgeous photopolymer set features in my November technique class.  What's photopolymer? It's a transparent material that makes is easy to line up images for creating unique stamped projects.

I love this set because it is suitable for a lot of different occasions with it's different sentiments.  The font is really lovely, and it has a watercolour feel even when you simply stamp it with ink.

But by adding watercolouring to the images - especially the flowers, you can create something really eye catching - and that's what you'll learn in my class.  Visit the class page for more information.

And while I've got you here, take a closer look at the picture.  This is the cover of the stamp set box that you get when you purchase these stamps.  It shows you which are the best blocks to use with the stamps and this makes gathering supplies so much easier.

So, there you have it, another gorgeous stamp set from Stampin' Up!  Please email me to join in the class, but be quick, there's only a couple of spots left.
Happy Crafting
Karen x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Open House!

The annual release of the retiring list signals the end of some of our favourite products.

Come along to my Open House on Saturday 23 April between 10am - Noon.

We'll have a cuppa and a biscuit and send these products off in style.

Bring your catalogue and you will be able to see some of the retiring products and samples if you'd like to order anything before they're going....going......GONE!


If you can't make it on Saturday and would like to order, you can do so on my website here.
Please use Host Code ZMA6WVCY.

Happy crafting
Karen

Monday, 18 April 2016

Lego Birthday Invitations

I'm happy with the way these turned out. 
Primary colours are easy to use and with Lego as the theme it couldn't be simpler. The blocks were made using a 1 1/4" square punch and a 1/2" circle punch. I used Stampin' Up!'s letter and number dies.  The "is" was made by inking up the word with a marker - it's from a saying stamp that's long-since retired.



I also decorated the envelopes because You should never have a plain envelope!

Now, I'm off to make my shopping list so I'm ready when the Retiring List is released tomorrow. 
Happy crafting
Karen

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Girl or Boy?

Despite being an avid card maker I still don't know why I haven't got the right card for the occasion on hand all the time!!

Sound familiar?

So with some new babies on the way I figured I'd better whip up some lovely little cards - and not dilly-dally on the way!

It's so easy to get distracted by all the pretty, sparkly, new things in the craft room isn't it....

Here's what I did......



The designs grew largely out of the paper I selected.....both of these are retired but were in the same pack of Designer Series Paper.  And that can often make design selection easy because it narrows down the choice of colour and the feel of the card - in this case the colours are pastel hues and as I have inks and stamps that work well with them it makes finishing a project relatively simple.

Hope you whip up something gorgeous today!

Happy crafting!
Karen

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sale-a-bration ON NOW!

There's some lovely freebies on offer again this year for our annual Sale-a-bration event.  Go to my website to see the catalogues and products available and remember for every $90 you spend exluding postage, you get to choose a FREE item from the SAB offering!  Wow!

And be sure to check my class page for upcoming classes.......

Hope to see you soon!

Happy Stamping
Karen

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Playing with Christmas Ideas

Just playing with some products from last year and gold embossing.  Love the combo of Whisper White and gold.  The cord is from the current holiday catty and the embossing folder in the last card is the Woodland Textured Impressions.  Lovely, right?




If you'd like any info about embossing, let me know.
Cheers
Karen

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Labelling Ink Pads

Did you know that Stampin' Up! Classic Ink Pads come with labels so they're easy to identify?


If you're looking at the ink pads like this, then you won't have a problem.  But if they're stored in a whirly-gig thingy then you can't actually tell what's what without removing them from the shelf.

So Stampin' Up! has attached sticky labels to the bottom of the casing.


Simply remove the label and you can choose the appropriate one - or the one you like the sound of ;) -

then adhere it to the end of the case.

Once the ink pad is open, it can be difficult to tell which colour is which, so this little tip came from Convention;  cut the ends off one of the other labels and affix it inside the casing.


That way, if you're using more than one colour at a time (mostly, I know!), you'll not mix up your colours.

Voila!  Enjoy using your labelled ink pads.
Cheers
Karen

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Competition

Last week's class had a focus on using ALL the stamps in one set.....yes, tricky right?! Well, I issued a challenge to break out a stamp set you've not used for a while (or a brand new one you've NEVER used...haha, like that would happen!), make a project with it using all or the majority of the stamps in the set, and send me a pic. My independent judges will choose a winner and you'll win a prize......the Good Greeting Stamp set is up for grabs.......so get crafty, have a go and send me a pic...you can email/text it or PM me on FaceBook. Good Luck! The sample for inspiration uses Butterfly Basics from Stampin' Up! But you can choose any set, any company any colours. Go for it! 




Competition open to Australian residents only.
Happy crafting!
Karen

Monday, 26 January 2015

Photopolymer Stamps & Staining

Happy Australia Day everyone!

It's a bit rainy here but nice to have a cool change.  We're off to the cricket this afternoon so let's hope it clears up.

I just wanted to pop in with a bit of Photopolymer information for you.

These stamps behave a little differently to traditional rubber stamps.  Basically, they're clear so they're easy to use for perfect placement, especially when you want to layer your images.  But they do stain easily when using inks that have red pigment in them - so reds, pinks and some purples.  The best thing to do is clean them immediately after using these colours, AND most importantly, get comfortable with a bit of staining!! It doesn't affect the stamps' performance in any way, so get over it!!


You can see the slight pinky tinge on these stamps because I used them with red ink.  And this is after cleaning with baby wipes.  You get quite good results using Stampin' Mist and you can also get more of the staining off with StazOn cleaner, although over time it can damage photopolymer.

These stamps have only had blue and brown ink on them so there's no evidence of the ink colour at all.

Ok, hope that helps you feel a bit more relaxed about using your photopolymer stamps.  It's always good to know that it's not your technique causing the problem!!  

So, get out there and stamp something fabulous.
Cheers
Karen



Friday, 16 January 2015

Sheltering Tree & Layering Stamped Images.

This new stamp set, Sheltering Tree is in the Occasions catalogue and is a great example of a two-step or multi-laying stamping technique.

In photopolymer, the images are crisp and easy to get perfect placement without the use of a stamp positioner tool.  Don't worry, I haven't abandoned my faithful Stamp-a-majig, it's still my go to for most of my stamps when using this technique.


The colours I've used are Soft Suede for the trunk and greeting, Wild Wasabi for the leaves, Pear Pizzazz for the grass, Marina Mist for the swing and card mat, and Daffodil Delight for the blossom and ribbon.

So easy, and so lovely!

Have a lovely day!
Karen

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Best Day Ever

I've been absent for a while, I know.    I have a note!

But seriously, here's a card I just whipped up.  This is my first attempt with the new Chalkboard Paper and Chalk ink.  I'm really happy with the way the stamps have come out so beautiful and crisp, yet they really look like chalk on a blackboard.


Supplies:  Stamp Set - Best Day Ever (Sale-a-Bration freebie), Whisper White CS, Pool Party CS, Chalkboard Paper, ColorBox chalk ink pad, Pink Pirouette ribbon, Pool Party bakers twine, Small Heart Punch, Stamp-a-majig, Snail adhesive and paper trimmer.

I've received a huge stash of new stuff from the current Occasions Catalogue released last week, and of course it's Sale-a-Bration again.

So pop back, and I'll show you some more things to (hopefully) inspire you.

Cheers
Karen

Friday, 21 November 2014

Weekly Deals 19 November 2014

With Christmas fast approaching, pick up a couple of banner kits at bargain prices and really jazz up your home decor this year.



Order online here.

Happy Friday!
Karen

Monday, 10 November 2014

Crazy Prices on Designer Series Paper

There's a lot of Designer Series Papers on sale in the Clearance Rack right now.  You can check them out online here.

But here's a little sticky-beak to wet your appetite.  Keep in mind that these are retired, however they would normally be $18.95 a pack (12 sheets of 12" x 12" double-sided).  It's a great opportunity to stack up on beautiful quality papers at a fraction of the usual cost.









Email me if you'd like to order, or go straight to my online store.
Cheers
Karen

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Weekly Deals 5 November

More cute stuff this week available at great savings:

These journals are divine.  They have 60 pages of patterned Designer Series Paper that is so lovely to write on, add photos, or just stick in bits and pieces that you want to keep.

 I used mine on our recent holiday to Italy & Croatia.

And who can resist a punch and edgelits that are on sale?  Now's the time to grow your stash.

Buy online in my store.   Just select Weekly Deals from the menu on the left, or email/phone and I'll order for you.

Happy days
Karen

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Silhouettes Class Last Night.

We had a great class last night doing a couple of different silhouette techniques.

This first card uses Serene Silhouettes stamped in black over a background of Crushed Curry ink using one of the stamps from Work of Art.  It's so simple, and you can dress it up in many different ways.

Here's a different look using Tangerine Tango and another stamp from the Serene Silhouettes.



Our second card was all about creating a silhouette using a die cut and a frame.



Cutting frames can be quite tricky if you're not good with a ruler and a craft knife.  Enter the Stampin' Trimmer.

This clever cutting tool gives you the ability to cut frames from any size of cardstock up to 30.5cm (12").

And with the point on the cutting handle/blade you can be sure that your measurements are spot on every time.

Also don't forget to check out this week's weekly deals:

Let me know if you'd more info on anything you've seen here or if you'd like to place an order.

You can also order online here.

Happy Thursday.....on the slide down to the weekend now, yay!!
Karen

Friday, 17 October 2014

Bloom with Hope and Blendabilities

These are the easiest markers to work with......


Love this simple gift card.  It's such a pretty stamp set.  The Blendabilities colour is Coastal Cabana. I like to colour images using the darkest marker first (they come in sets of 3, so it's easy to get it right first time!).

If you'd like a copy of the current catalogue, give me a call or send an email.  Visit the contact page here.  You can also shop online here.

Have a lovely weekend.
Cheers
Karen