Friday, 28 August 2015

It's Daffodil Day.. so here's some yellow for you

As its Daffodil Day today - to raise money for the Cancer Council - I was originally thinking i would like to make a card to remind everyone that it's an important occasion.

Thing is, I don't have any daffodil stamps at the moment. So I decided to work with yellow anyway, since thats as close as I could get.  And used the "Definitely Dahlia" background stamp.  The top flower is embossed in clear and then sponged over with both Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry ink. The lower flower is stamped in daffodil and edged a little with Crushed Curry. I added a little sparkly gold (vellum and glimmer paper) to finish it off.  The card corners were rounded and the sentiment is from the "Tin of Cards"

Im actually teaching embossing at a class this weekend... its still one of my favourite techniques and I never tire of it!

I hope you like it too... the yellow and white combo is so fresh!

Don't forget that there are only a couple of days left to take advantage of the August Hostess Code which is QQYCCCMQ . There will be a new code here on my blog on the 1st September.  If you'd like to find out more about how you can benefit from the Hostess Code then click HERE.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Latest Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop... Welcome!

I am loving being part of these Blog Hops! I've started to look forward to them every month.  The best bit for me is when they go live and I can scroll through the blogs of all the girls taking part and see what amazing things they have created!

Everyone who achieves the Grand Vacation from Stampin'Up is welcome to be part of the hop. Not everyone can do it every month (a lot more achievers have earned the trips than are able to take part in the hop) but you will notice some repeat appearances from various people... as well as some new faces this month. The hop is open this time to demonstrators all over the world who have also earned the next trip.

This month's theme is nice and simple... we are doing a "Holiday catalogue Sneak Peek".  As you know I've been putting up "sneak peeks" all month anyway, so its an excuse to do another one.

Even though I have several favourite stamp sets from this new catalogue, this one is the leader of the pack... its called "Lighthearted Leaves".  I am seriously in love with it.  And there are quite a few reasons why... its just pretty, for starters. But its also a design that can be used year round.. and for a variety of situations. It could be anything from thanks to birthday to sympathy. So its really versatile. I also love that you can use it for lots of different techniques... like colouring as I've done here. But it also looks great embossed.  And lets not forget that they match the Leaf Framelits in the main catalogue either!

The card base is Sahara Sand. I used the 6"x6" "Winter Wonderland" vellum stack for the stripey strip at the bottom of the card, and added some of our Sahara Sand lace above that. I wrapped the silver cording Trim around the card and tied a bow. Then I cut a silver circle from a piece of foil paper, and embossed it with the new "Woodland" embossing folder. The leaf itself is stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink, on Perfect Plum cardstock. I cut it out with the matching framelit (MUCH easier than trying to cut it by hand!) and then coloured some of the leaf with my Whisper White ink applied with Blender Pens.  The final touch is one of our new Iced Rhinestons.... I love them! It added that final bit of bling!

The really exciting news is that our new Holiday catalogue will be released NEXT WEEK! So you will be able to order anything from it from September 1st.  To order just click the SHOP NOW button on this page and you'll be taken to my store. You can have your order delivered straight to you, anywhere in Australia, for a low postage charge.

Here's a closer look at the detail of the card....

To work your way through this Blog Hop you just click on the name of the person next on the list below.

Thanks for visiting my blog today... don't forget you can also see more of what I've been up to on my Facebook Business page :-)  Enjoy the hop!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

This Week's "Weekly Deals" from Stampin'Up - Aug 26th - Sept 1st

We have some great new deals this week... and especially if you love Embossing Folders because there are quite a few of those in there! Plus the gorgeous Typeset paper is on special this week.. its one of my favourites, and it features on a lot of my cards! Including the one above - its the stripey paper at the bottom of the card.

Here are the deals below.. click on what you'd like to order. It will take you to my Online store and can be delivered to your door anywhere in Australia.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Reverse Embossing with your Big Shot

This week I am running a "Big Shot Basics and Beyond" class and will be showing all kinds of techniques and tricks you can do with your Big Shot.  I thought you'd like to see one of the tricks i'll be showing.. this one is reverse embossing. The card above shows off this technique.. the embossed shape around the sentiment was created this way.  I've done a close up shot and sponged around this one so you can see the effect more clearly:

If you'd like to come to class this week here are the details...


Tuesday 25th August @ 7.30pm
Wednesday 26th August @ 11am

To book your spot click HERE or contact me on my mobile 0412 375 552

I hope to see you!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Big Shot Basics and Beyond

This week I am running my "Big Shot Basics and Beyond" classes.  These are aimed at everyone who either owns a Big Shot or is thinking of buying one. We'll be playing around with different Big Shot techniques... and as the class name suggests, we'll start with basic techniques, and then move on to some really cool things you can do with your Big Shot.  So you'll be going home with some truly lovely projects.

The card you see above is one we'll be creating in this class.  In shows both embossing and cutting techniques... and even the colour is applied to the background with the Big Shot.  I know you'll love making it.

To book your spot, click HERE to email me that you are coming along.  The class is $25 (my standard technique class price) but if you bought your Big Shot from me then your class is only $10 (to thank you for your business).  Classes are held in my home on the Central Coast, address supplied on booking.  Here are the dates:

Tuesday 25th August @ 7.30pm


Wednesday 26th September @ 11am

At this time I do still have spots available in both classes.

I hope to see you in class!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Another sneak peek from the Holiday Catalogue... Embellished Ornaments!

Tonight I opened up my Embellished Ornaments stamp set and the matching framelits. And this is what came out of my playtime tonight!  So much to love with this set!

Actually as so often happens, I made an error when stamping my sentiment on the bottom of the card... so thats why we ended up with Vellum, gold cord and a stamped banner there instead. But it turned out ok after all!  I love that we don't do "mistakes"... a "mistake" is simply an embellishment opportunity right??

But you know what is my absolute favourite product on this card?  The gold cord!  I love it... which means I need to buy the silver too! So easy to tie and use!  I also used the new Fine Tip Glue Pen.. another "must have" item... its great for glueing those intricate or tiny elements. In this case it was great for gluing the detailed dies to the backing piece.

If you want to play with these items for yourself, make sure you book in to the launch on the 30th August. More details HERE

I hope you enjoy the card today.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

This week's "Weekly Deals" from August 19th to August 25th

Check out this week's "Weekly Deals"!  Also if you are in the Online Store, new clearance rack items have been added!

To order click on the SHOP NOW button or click the items you want.  Use the Scroll arrows to view all this week's specials.  Shopping online is easy and means that you can have our beautiful products shipped to your door, anywhere in Australia, for a low postage charge.  Have fun shopping!

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Simple stamping with Lighthearted Leaves from our Upcoming Holiday Catalogue

Yep, its another sneaky look at one of my new favourite sets from our upcoming Holiday catalogue.  This time the set is called "Lighthearted Leaves"... and it is SO versatile!  The other thing I love about it is that it can be used all year round.  Not to mention that it also co-ordinates with our Leaves framelits for the Big Shot, adding to the ways you can use it!

This time I've kept it very simple!  I chose 3 of the leaf stamps and stamped them randomly in Soft Suede ink on my card base made from Crumb Cake cardstock.  I then took a blender pen and coloured parts of the leaves with Whisper White craft ink... I love this bit because I find colouring quite therapeutic! And then I finished the card off with a few gold sequins from one of the Project Life accessory kits ("Moments like these"). (Truth be told, I had made a smudge with a bit of soft suede ink on the base, and so some gold sequins seemed like a good way to disguise my mistake! But as so often happens I think it looks better as a result!

I bet Im not the only one that finds cute ways to cover so-called "mistakes"!

If you like this you might also like my Facebook Business page! Hop over there by clicking HERE and hit the "LIKE" button.  That way you'll get to see even more of my creations :-)

PLUS Don't forget the Holiday Catalogue Launch! You'll get to play with lots of new products... for more information click HERE.

Linda x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

2 SPOTS LEFT in my "Hello Life" Project kit class

At this moment I still have 2 spots left in this awesome class tomorrow, Wednesday 19th! Here's what you get:

* The full "Hello Life" kit valued at $43.50rrp
*All the materials and supplies to make approximately 20 cards, treat bags and tags - and you'll still have leftovers to take home!
*Full instructions and further ideas

All this for only $50... its a bit of a bargain! Class starts at 11am and we'll be done in time for you to enjoy a nice lunch together. Classes are held on the Central Coast and you just need to email me by clicking HERE to let me know you are coming. Beginners welcome!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Brayered Backgrounds with the new Wonderland set from the upcoming SU Holiday catalogue

This last week I held my Ombre classes and we learned several different ways to create beautiful backgrounds. This one is my personal favourite.

The misty background for this card was created with a brayer.  I used two different shades of ink (Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum) and layered the colours to create this effect.  What was really satisfying to me in the classes was that EVERYONE who attempted it came up with something that they were really happy with.  Brayering is not an exact science... so that means that it will look a little different every time you do it, but that is one reason why it is so unique and beautiful!  The subtle gradation of colour is what makes this perfect as a backdrop for these beautiful "Wonderland" pine trees.

You'll be seeing  a lot more of this set!  I have fallen in love with it and have lots more ideas swirling around in my head as to how to use it.

Stay tuned for more "Sneak Peeks" over the coming days. And if you'd like to get up and person with these products then come along to my launch! Details can be found by clicking HERE.