My Top 5 Holiday Catalogue Picks

This Top 5 list is in no particular order and there are so many products I love in the Holiday Catalogue I would have had quite a list if I didn’t narrow it down. So I made a list with the 5 products that first caught my eye when I opened  up the catalogue.

1.Country Home Photopolymer Stamp Set
147678s Love the homely feel of this set. The cans are gorgeous. Great for colouring in.
2.Joyous Noel 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
147816s The copper accents are so beautiful and I really like the colour combination in this DSP.
3.Farmhouse Christmas Photopolymer Bundle
149941s It exudes the warmth of a country Christmas and I love that country feel.
4.Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
148026s Use it on cardstock or foil. Looks great.
5.Frosted Floral 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
147800s This shimmer on this DSP is beautiful. Lovely colours as well.

Have you noticed a common theme? I like country charm and a homely feel so stamps and Designer Series Paper that create that feeling really appeal to me. 

Over the next week I hope to share with you some projects using these products so you can enjoy their beauty and create more with them.

Step-it-Up Sunday #34 Botanical Bliss Bookmark

Hi friends,

So good to have you stop by Stamping Flair today. How are you doing? I especially think of those of you who have had a hard week. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Today’s project would make a great encouragement token to give someone who may be going through a bit of a rough patch. I’m sure whenever they see this pretty bookmark their spirits would be lifted to know they have a friend who cares.

Step-up a bookmark? Oh yes you can. All of these versions would make great little gifts for anyone. Handmade, cute, pretty and delicate. I have used the Botanical Bliss bundle for this project which I received in my last order. It’s already a favourite. I love that the tag toppers can also be die cut to use as images by themselves (stick with me, I’ll explain further on what I mean).

Basic

  • Cut Thick Whisper White cardstock to a width of 5cm and whatever length you like
  • Place the floral die on the top of your bookmark and run through the Big Shot machine
  • Round the bottom corners with the Detailed Trio punch
  • Stamp the vine in Soft Sea Foam all the way down the bookmark (I just gauged the distance between each vine).
    Side note – I am loving this vine stamp.
  • Add double sided tape and attach ribbon right around bookmark Tie bow separately and attach with a glue dot – it’s much easier this way.
  • Stamp sentiment in Call me Clover
Intermediate

  • Stamp bird in Pineapple Punch on Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Take a piece of Wood Textures DSP and colour with Pineapple Punch ink using a sponge dauber. Attach to the back of the flower with liquid glue.

  • Repeat above step for leaves using Soft Sea Foam and a little bit of Call me Clover
  • The attaching of the paper at the back leaves a messy back so attach a piece of Whisper White cardstock at the back to neaten and trim around the edge of the flower.
Advanced

  • Die cut 3 flowers from Whisper White cardstock and attach together with liquid glue and then attach on top of the bookmark
    The benefit of this die is that it has a matching die which cuts the bottom section where the leaves are, so that the flower and leaves can be added to a project separately (see photo below). This is what I was referring to earlier.

 

  • Use Brusho Crystal colours Yellow and Moss Green to add colour to a small piece of Shimmery White cardstock which has been die cut. Layer this onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock.

Die cut and punch leaves and arrange under the bird

This is quite a cheerful project with it’s bright colours. I have a friend in mind who I’d like to give it to. You could make a few and give it ‘just because’. Contact me if you have any questions or comments and I would love to chat with you.


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Leaf Punch

$28.00
Glue Dots

$8.00

Happiness is Reading the Christmas Story

When I see this stamp of the child reading a book, I imagine her reading the Christmas story about Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. This is such a cute image with the little girl sitting beneath a wreath reading with her dog listening intently, understanding every word.

I CASEd this card from the Holiday catalogue. CASE means to Copy And Share Everything. The Stampin’ Up! catalogues are full of beautiful products but they are also jam packed full of inspiration and ideas which we can copy or use to fuel our imagination. Each page is bursting with different techniques, layouts, products and you can copy it or change parts of it. Sometimes I get into a creative rut and looking at the catalogue can inspire me even with a new colour combination. If you would like an ideas book, please contact me and I will get it out to you in the mail.

Today’s CASE is from Page 15 and I changed some elements of it. I kept the base the same in Crumb Cake but changed the colouring of the image and added some layers of Designer Series Paper to create extra dimension. I drew in the spots on the pyjamas and then was able to match it with the DSP. Lately I have been working with Call Me Clover and am really liking it as a Christmas colour. 

The doily has been cut from the Detailed Baubles Thinlits. I got this set mainly because I liked the doily although I do like the baubles too. The lace part doesn’t have a cutting edge so you need to use the nesting die to get the doily cut out. By itself, the lace die gives a nice filigree effect on a card.

So be inspired by the colourful catalogues and get CASEing.


 

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Global Design Project #158 Best Route

Today I’m joining in the Global Design Project Sketch Challenge. It’s my first time participating in this challenge and I’ve had fun working with this sketch in mind.

I have steered away from the Christmas card theme which I’ve been on lately and created a travel theme card suitable for men.

The products I have used are mostly from the Best Route suite and I added Early Espresso and Crumb into the colour scheme. The Post Script background stamp added another element of travel for this card.

I used one of Memories & More cards in Blueberry Bushel to adhere to the Crumb Cake card base. This particular panel had a felt feel on the stripes. To get more usage out of this card, I punched out various shapes from the centre to use on the small circles as well as other projects. The punched out centre gets hidden behind the other panels and you get more mileage out of your card stock. The grid design paper is another card from the Memories & More card pack which I cut down to suit my project.

To view all the other entries in this challenge click on Global Design Project.

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Step-it-Up Sunday #33 Graceful Garden Rose

Hi Stampers,

Blessed Sunday to each of you. Hope each of you has had a good week and kept yourselves grounded doing what you love with your family and friends. My holidays end today and I am back at my main job in which I do administration at a school. Term 4 always is a busy one. I work with some great people so it makes it nice to go to work each day.

I’m also thankful for my Stampin’ Up! ‘job’ which gives me the flexibility to do what I love around my other commitments. I am able to create and share with others and also earn some extra money. Stampin’ Up! offers the opportunity for each demonstrator to take their business to whatever level we would like to take it to. If this is something that interests you and you would like more information, please contact me on Ph: 0404 255 001.

Step-it-Up Sunday today features the Graceful Garden stamp set. The rose images in this set are so pretty and really lend themselves to colouring with Stampin’ Blends.

Basic

This card is created with some simple stamping and colouring. Stamp the rose image in Gray Granite on Whisper White card stock and colour in with Light Petal Pink and Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. I have not used any shading on this but just coloured in the image so it’s a very quick make.. .

Stamp the sentiment in Granny Apple Green. Attach a strip of DSP at the bottom of the Whisper White panel. Then attach this panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto Thick Whisper White card stock.

Intermediate

Stamp the image as per the Basic card instructions and add shading with the Dark Petal Pink and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Fussy cut the image with scissors.

Using an aqua painter and Petal Pink ink refill, create a colour wash onto a panel of Shimmery White card stock 9.9 x 14.2cm. Attach the rose with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto this panel.

Stamp the sentiment and die cut with the Sweet Cake framelits die. Always worth checking die sets for elements that can be used for other projects, especially tags.  I love the lace work on this one. Tie ribbon through with a single knot. To secure in place, attach some glue dots. Attach tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Advanced

To step this card up, I’ve added some extra elements onto the Shimmery White card stock panel.

  • Add Flirty Flamingo to the Shimmery White cardstock as a wash
  • With the mask, add Gray Granite in the top right corner using a sponge dauber.
  • In the top and bottom left use the Stitched labels die to die cut the decorative pattern.
  • Use your aqua painter to flick drops of Flirty Flamingo ink onto the card

Colour the rose with Light and Dark Petal Pink and Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo. Fussy cut and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The doily is cut in quarters. Attach 2 quarters to the back of the DSP strip and trim off any excess.

For the sentiment, I used ink pads to stamp the different colours. Masking off was not necessary in this case as the stamp was easy to ink up from the top and bottom in the different colours. The blossom adds that perfect finishing touch to the tag.

Reminder that World Card Making day specials end today so grab a bargain and stock up on those essentials.


 

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Ink Smooshing Dashing Deer

I think I’ve fallen in love with the ink smooshing technique, Although I had seen this technique on many cards, it’s only very recently that I tried it. So quick and effective and a great way to create backgrounds for cards in a short time. I even had my class attendees give it a try at my full day workshop last week. They loved it.

The basic supplies you need to complete this look are

  • and your choice of ink pads

Directly stamp a section of the ink pad onto the Silicon Craft Sheet and spritz the ink with water. Using a section of Window Sheet about 3″x4″, pick up the colour from the Silicon Craft Sheet by rolling the window sheet to it. Then apply the colour to your Water Colour paper or Shimmery White Card Stock by rolling and pressing the Window Sheet against it. 

Repeat this step of picking up the colour and applying it,  until you achieve the desired look on your card. Leave it to dry or you can dry it with a heat gun.

Repeat the above step with the next colour. Each card will differ due to the variations in the ink and water formation.

I really love how this deer turned out in Gorgeous Grape and how all the lovely flourishes show up so well. With the addition of Silver Glimmer paper and some ribbon, it’s an alternate look to the regular red and green festive look.

If you haven’t tried it, give the ink smooshing technique a try. I’m sure you will love it.

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#tgifc179 Create Your Own Background

The background on this card is one I have been wanting to try out for a while and this week’s TGIF challenge was perfect for it. 

I had the idea to create a background with the die cut flowers. It wasn’t as painstaking as it looks because the Detailed Deer die set comes with 4 of these flower dies so you get a whole batch of flowers in one run through the Big Shot machine.

 

On the other half of the card base I’ve added the beautiful Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper with it’s Copper accents and a border from the Tea Room Copper Vinyl stickers.

I hadn’t used my Seasonal Chums on this year’s Christmas cards yet and I though the cute little deer worked nicely with this card. It has been layered onto DSP punched with the Darling Label punch. This has then been layered onto Crumb Cake cardstock, then embossed with the corners punched using the same punch. The Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon feels beautiful and lush. It tied in with the DSP I had used.

As I didn’t want to detract from the die cut flowers, I tried not to cover a lot of it with the image and sentiment. I have added some pearls to the flower centres. These were coloured in with the Bronze Stampin’ Blend. Although the rest of the card is in Copper, the bronze matches well.

View all the amazing entries in this week’s challenge at TGIF Challenges and be inspired to create your own backgrounds.

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Heat Tool

$50.00

*World Card Making day promotion – products available at discounted prices until 7th October

You’re Just My Type

Yes YOU are! We love stamping, creating, crafting and seeing what wonderful things we can create out of beautiful paper. We are slightly addicted to paper crafting and together we love to share our ideas and inspiration.

I love this typewriter and all the cute little sentiments it’s got with it. It also has some lovely floral images, one of which I’ve used to create the border on this card. Stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock, it immediately has a vintage feel to it. The typewriter has been stamped on Wood Texture Designer Series Paper.

World Card Making Day Sale

Love this stamp set? It’s your lucky day. It’s on sale until Sunday 7th October. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to snag some great bargains.

Stampin’ Dimensionals are also on sale too and I plan to stock up on these. Those of you who have seen me make cards know that I love Stampin’ Dimensionals. I use it on every card I make and it’s in my card making ‘must have’ supplies. You can never have too many of these on hand and they always come in handy. It’s also a great stocking filler or a gift idea.

As always, I’m here to answer any questions and would love to hear your comments and feedback.


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Glue Dots

$8.00

*Discounted price valid until 7th October 2018

 

Lots of Happy Card Kit

The Lots of Happy card kit is another one of our discounted products for World Card Making Day which contains everything you need to make 20 cards.

                                   Photo by Stampin’ Up!

It comes complete with stamps which can be reused and 4 water colour pencils. Two of these, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist, aren’t available in the regular Water Colour pencils pack.

In the photo below I have changed the colours on some of the cards to mix it up a bit. The best part of kits is that all the pieces are already die cut and in an easy to transport box so everything you need is in one place. A great kit to take on holidays with all the fuss taken out of the preparation.

 

Lots Of Happy Card Kit

$61.00
Discounted price $54.90
 
 
 
 
To see all discounted products, click on the image.

 

Ready Set Starter Kit Added Extras for New Demonstrators

Are you a keen paper crafter and love all the coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! offer? Does Designer Series Paper make you go just want to buy it all? This offer is for you.

The Starter Kit that Stampin’ Up offers is in itself great value. You get to choose $235 worth of products for $169. Check out the Starter Kit details on the Join My Team page.

The regular Starter Kit is still available. However, Stampin’ Up! have added a Ready, Set, Starter Kit to the mix and this will be available until 31st December only for us in the South Pacific. This is a fabulous offer because it has some added extras. This kit contains all the suggested items from the regular Starter Kit which takes the guess work from deciding what you need to get. It also enables you to get straight into creating and holding a workshop with some friends.

This deal gets even sweeter with the inclusion of a Stampin’ Up! apron, a Stampin’ Up collapsible bin and a $50 coupon code. You have 30 days to use your coupon code to buy necessary supplies or transfer it onto someone.

I would love to help you take your Stampin’ Up! journey to what you would like to achieve in it’s business potential. It’s great for you to work around your family and commitments.  For more information contact me on Ph: 0404-255-001.