Friday, 22 September 2017

Video Tutorial: Creative ideas with the new Foil Snowflakes from Stampin'Up! (Part 2)

Today I have created another video tutorial to show a different way to use our awesome Foil Snowflakes.  Yes, I do realise that we don't have snowflakes in Australia (especially at Christmas time, which is much much warmer!) but I love the excuse to use them because they are so pretty!  And they do still say "Christmas" somehow.  You can see how shiny this embossed snowflake is in this photo below:

This time I show a couple of different ways to emboss your snowflakes... one way using the shiny side, and the other using the back.  This is a great way to get extra mileage out of your snowflakes and makes them even more versatile.  I also used the reindeer from the Santa's Sleigh framelit set, and cut him from Red Glimmer paper.  The background paper is our lovely Merry Music Speciality DSP and I brayered over it with Soft Suede ink for a soft antique look. (You could also use sponges to achieve this)

I hope you enjoy the video and give these Foil Snowflakes a go!  If you would like to add them to your order, visit my Online Store by clicking HERE.

Here is the video:

Monday, 18 September 2017

Video Tutorial: Creative ideas with the new Foil Snowflakes from Stampin'Up! (Part 1)

Today is the first of a couple of video tutorials to show you how to get more "bang for your buck" with our lovely Foil Snowflakes. These are of course fabulous on their own, but there are lots of things you can do to alter them, and today I am showing you one of these ways. 

I loved the Foil Snowflakes as soon as I saw them!  And I knew they would be one of my "must haves" out of this Holiday Catalogue. At only $10 for a pack of 24 they are also great value.  If you would like to order them for yourself, please click HERE to visit my Online Store and add them to your order!

Ok... so on to the video..... let me know what you think, and if you haven't already, don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel!

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Video Tutorial: Easy way to make your own Glitter Paste!

Today I am giving you a little quick tip video that shows how to create your own Glitter Paste with just a couple of ingredients.   And who doesn't like lots of glittery bling on your projects at Christmas time? (Ok... all year round, but we are focusing on Christmas today!)

For the card you see above I added these sparkly Christmas trees on either side of my main image, and I think they look great!  As mentioned in the video, there are several ways you get a sparkly effect, but today I created "Glitter Paste" so that I can use it over and over on my projects.  Which means I will have lots of sparkly projects coming your way, so stick around!  The finishing touch on this card however is the very gorgeous Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon.... its totally divine!  I'm thinking I should do a ribbon share of this gorgeous ribbon... who would be interested??

Here is the video and I hope you enjoy it!  (There is also a product list at the bottom of this page if you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of these items for yourself!)

Product List

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Snowflake Sentiments gets the Versamark Resist treatment for classes this week!

If you are within driving distance of the NSW Central Coast.... get yourself to class this week!  I have 2 classes (one evening and one daytime) to make it as convenient as possible for people to come along.  The second week of the month is always technique classes, and this month we are doing Versamark Resist.  I did teach this one quite a few years ago, but with so many new customers and new products that have arrived in the time since then, I think we are well overdue for another class with this awesome technique. 

Today I've created this awesome Versamark Resist background on our Glossy Cardstock with a couple of my favourite colours.  In particular I love the professional result that you get with this technique... it looks so polished!  You are going to love these card designs!

Here are the dates and times:

Tuesday 12th September @ 7.30pm


Wednesday 13th September @ 11.15am.  (Only a couple of spots left in the daytime class)

Cost is $25 and all materials and refreshments are provided.  

Come along and learn something new.....Click HERE to contact me and book your spot!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Video Tutorial: Copper Launch Card with the Year of Cheer DSP

Earlier today I did a little Facebook Live video to show how I made this shiny card from my Catalogue Launch last weekend.  It's actually quite a simple card, but I wanted to show how I brought these elements together, and of course to showcase the exquisite Year of Cheer Speciality DSP.  It's completely beautiful and I already its been very popular!  And for me, all that copper calls my name! (Not to mention the new Champagne foil paper which is simply gorgeous!)

Please note that this card is not my design.. in fact I CASEd it out of the Holiday catalogue... you'll find the original on page 36 of the catalogue.  Of course I did put my own "spin" on it... I made a washi tape circle, added some metallic thread, and placed my sentiment at the bottom of the card.

So without any more fussing around, here is the video... let me know what you think!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

LOVE this Copper Reindeer....Introducing the Merry Patterns Stamp set

I've been having a LOT of fun this week playing with the new Merry Patterns stamp set!  Why is it fun? Because this is a 2 step stamping set, with matching images... one for the outline and the other a solid image to "colour in" the outline.  If you've never used a set like this, they are lots of fun and give you soooo many options to play around with!

But today I decided to give the reindeer in the set the Copper Embossing treatment.  I just used the solid image (not the outline this time) and inked him up in Versamark ink, and then sprinkled my copper embossing powder over before heating it up with my heat tool.  The result is lovely shiny copper reindeer... and if you look closely you can see some of the exquisite detail in this image too.

Here's the deal with the Merry Patterns set.  You cant buy it.  It's available for FREE with a $450 order. It doesn't matter whether that $450 order is a single order, a demonstrator order, or a workshop order.  If you like you can bundle several friend's orders together to get it.  As a demonstrator I got mine for putting in a group of customer's orders together.  It's a beautiful set, that is certain. Here are the images:

The card I made today at the top of this page uses my new favourite DSP too... its the "Year of Cheer" speciality DSP and it is BEAUITIFUL!  I also included the new Champagne foil paper on this card.... I just love that!   I've made a product list below so that you can click on them to purchase your own if you wish..... items are sent directly to you, anywhere in Australia.

I love this little card and i hope you do too.

Product List
Heat Tool

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Video Tutorial: Hearts Come Home Window Card

This morning I made a little Facebook Live Video for my followers to watch, and Im feeling a bit proud of myself because today I FINALLY worked out how to get a Facebook Live video onto Youtube! Which means I can share it here on the blog too!  Hooray!

I know I normally try to upload a video tutorial every Monday, but Im sure you will excuse me if this one is just a little early... I have a workshop tomorrow up in the Hunter Valley and won't be around to do my normal recording.  So this video will be my slightly early Monday video.

Of course, its not quite the same as seeing it live, but at least you still get to see how I created this card above!  I've used the Hearts Come Home bundle, and paired it with the Year of Cheer Speciality paper.  Please visit my Online Store if you'd like to order any of these products for yourself.... click the SHOP NOW button to visit the store.  Products are sent directly to you, anywhere in Australia, for a low postage charge.

Right now if you order the Hearts Come Home bundle through my Online Store (use the code HUQA6YPG when ordering) you will also receive from me a Video Tutorial to make 3 more card designs with this lovely set, PLUS you will also receive in the post all the pre-cut cardstock and pieces to make these cards.  I've done all the cardstock cutting for you so that you only need to 1. Stamp 2. Diecut your cardstock pieces and 3. Assemble them with your choice of adhesive.  The class enrolments will only be open until September 9th (2017).

More details are at the top of this page on the tab that says:  

"Hearts Come Home Online Class.... OPEN NOW!"

I hope you enjoy this class from me this month.  And also the video below showing how I made today's card.  Enjoy! 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Welcome to the Inksomniacs 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop!

Welcome to our team blog hop today!  If you're not familiar with the name "Inksomniacs"... its the name of our StampinUp team of awesome demonstrators.  Im excited that you are here and am excited to show you lots of fabulous projects made with gorgeous new products OUT TODAY!  Yep, today is the first day of our 2017 Holiday Catalogue from StampinUp, and our talented ladies are here to show you lots of fun projects. To take the hop to the next blogger, click the NEXT button at the bottom of this page.  Or there is a list of those taking part as well, and you can click on each name to visit their blog.

Today I've chosen the beautiful Night in Bethlehem Suite for my project, and you can see it above.  I used the "Salted Background" technique to create the night sky behind the town, and I love the starry effect it gives.  I used Pool Party and Dapper Denim as my colours (just a little of the Pool Party) and added in a few stars with my white gel pen.  The framelits from the suite were used to cut the town layers, and the sentiment came from the same stamp set in the bundle.  The card base is smoky slate.

After finishing this card I went to clean up my desk (its amazing how much mess I can create in a short time!) and came across a few scraps left over on my table... so I put them together to make this card:

How gorgeous are those Foil Snowflakes.... I used one behind my diecut circle.  I cant wait to show you lots of cool things you can do with those!  They are available today too!  The buildings were cut off in my earlier Bethlehem card.... so I figured I might as well use them!  Funny how i always get distracted when I am cleaning my desk......

To view our new Holiday Catalogue Online click HERE!

If you would like to order any of these items you can click HERE to visit my online store. Items are sent to your door, anywhere in Australia, for a low postage charge.

And I have one last piece of exciting news! StampinUp Australia have just announced that there is a fantastic new Host set available called "Merry Patterns", available from 1st September to the 31st October.  You cant buy it, but you can get it one of two ways:

1. Place an order of $450 or more and you will automatically receive this gorgeous set on top of your other host benefits you get for an order this size. It can be just your order, or you can combine orders with your friends.

2. Host a get together with your friends (in real life or virtual) and if you reach the $450 total you will also receive this set.  Hosting is easy, and one of the best ways to see lots of new products up close and personal.  I bring everything to create with... you just need to supply the guests and a cuppa.  Around 6-8 people is the perfect number for some reason... but I am happy to have smaller groups as well.

Wanna see this new stamp set??

Its a 2-step stamp set where you have both the line drawing and the patterns with which to fill in the line image.  Its important to note that this stamp set WONT be available again after the promotion period 1st September to October 31st.  StampinUp have given us some lovely samples which I will be sure to post on my Facebook Business page until I receive my set and start creating too!

So on with the Blog Hop.... here is the list of gorgeous ladies who are taking part this time.  You can either click on the names, or you can just use the "Next" button to visit the next in line.  Have a fantastic day, and happy shopping with our new Holiday Catalogue for 2017!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria Kandylas
Courtenay Heuston
Melinda Whittington
Nerida Carter
Linda Dalke

Renee Kroeger

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Quick Tip Video: Creating Subtle Backgrounds (and introducing the Painted Harvest Stamp Set!)

Today's quick tip video shows you how to create simple but subtle backgrounds for your cards..... this is give you a gorgeous look and will mean that your background doesn't compete with the main feature of your card... in this case these gorgeous flowers from the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Aren't they beautiful?  It's available from tomorrow, 1st September 2017.  Already I've seen so many wonderful things done with these lovely stamps.... and they look completely different depending on what colours you use. For example, if you use yellow tones, your flower will look like a sunflower.   Here I've used Marina Mist as my base colour, and then stamped Night of Navy over the top. But you'll see how it works when you watch the video.

I think you will find that this background technique is something you will come back to many times... I know I do!

Now time to let you know something really fun.... tomorrow right here I am part of a blog hop with some of the girls in my team.  There are some super talented girls in our group and I cant wait to be part of this hop with them!  We'll be going live at 9am tomorrow and showcasing some of our favourite products from the new Holiday catalogue... so make sure you check in here tomorrow to see what they have come up with!

In the meantime, enjoy this video today!

Linda D

Monday, 28 August 2017

Video Tutorial: 9 Top Tips for White Gel Pen Colouring

Today's Monday tutorial features a very simple technique, but one of my favourites...  today we are doing some White Gel Pen colouring!   But beware... white gel pen colouring should come with a warning.... its addictive!  There is something very satisfying about colouring this way, and the results can be quite stunning!

In this video I've included a bunch of tips to help you get the best results.  I'd love to hear what you think of White Gel Pen colouring too!  Enjoy the video!