Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Musical Season from Stampin'Up Australia for your Music Loving friends!

Here's a set I loved as soon as I saw it, but I have to admit... it was a bit of a selfish purchase. As a demonstrator I am lucky to be able to purchase my products early (a month before customers can order them)... and this allows me time to play and experiment with them so that I have lots to show you by the time they are actually available. This was a selfish purchase because I didn't stop to think about whether it would be a marketable set... whether it would be popular with customers. I bought it because I liked it, pure and simple.

I've now made several cards with it, and the truth is, every card I make with this set, I love it more and more!  Im not sure you can even make a bad card with this bundle!  And as for usefulness, I've realised that its not just great for Christmas, but its good all year round for music lovers!  So you will probably see me using it a lot in the coming months, and if you love it too, then it will be available to purchase from the 1st September.  To order yours after that date, just click the SHOP NOW button on this page!

I've used a watercolour wash in the background of this card (in Pool Party ink, and a little Island Indigo) and then stamps that lovely swirly stamp across the front.  I stamped and cut the lyre and added that with Dimensionals over the top, and then cut the treble clef from Silver Foil paper with my Big Shot.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.   A very simple card, but I think you'll agree it's quite striking.

Keep checking back and I'll be adding even more projects from our upcoming Holiday catalogue. If you are in Australia and would like one sent to you for free, please click HERE to email me and let me know.  Or if you are in driving distance of the Central Coast and would like to come along to my new Catalogue launch on the 9th September, click HERE for more details.

Happy Stamping!

Linda x

Monday, 21 August 2017

Video Tutorial: Creating Coffee Treat Pockets for awesome gifts!

Today's video tutorial shows you how to create these awesome Coffee Treat Pockets.  I used the Coffee Break Suite of products, and co-ordinated them with the Mini Treat Bag framelits to create the pockets. I love them because they are quick and there are so many ways to decorate them!

Im adding a second photo with my hand in it so you can see how big they are...

There's a product list below so you can click on any items that you wish to purchase, and have them sent directly to your door, anywhere in Australia.

Check out the video and let me know what you think:

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Big Shot

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Clean and Simple Colouring with the Hello Colour Stamp set

I really love to colour in!  I find it therapeutic to do and very calming.  And luckily there are a number of stamp sets we have available from StampinUp Australia that are designed with this purpose in mind.... and today I have used the large stamp image from the "Hello Colour" stamp set.  This is a great set if you love colouring too.   Here it is:

But instead of giving it the full colour treatment, today I went with one of my favourite looks... colouring with White Gel pen.  The secret to getting this technique to work well is to use medium coloured cardstock as your base... by medium colour I mean not too dark, and not too light.  You want your stamp image in a darker colour so that it stands out well, and you want the white pen to show up well against the background cardstock too.

On this card I used Night of Navy ink for my stamped image.  The white gel pen is a broad tip pen from Uniball. I got mine at my local craft supplies store, but you can also get them from Officeworks,  Kikki K and some newsagents.  Just make sure it is a broad tip... the fine tip won't give you the result you want.

The sentiment is from the "Hello Friend" stamp set

Here's a close up for you.

I've included a product list below should you wish to purchase any of these items for yourself.... products are sent directly to your door, anywhere in Australia!

Product List

Friday, 18 August 2017

Video Tutorial: Getting the Best results with Background Stamps

Today I've made a quick tip video to show you how to get the best results when using Background Stamps.  Background stamps have long been one of my favourite items in the Stampin'Up! catalogue and I use them on a regular basis.  But there are a few tricks to getting the best out of them, and if you watch the video below you will hopefully be able to use these in your stamping too.

Today's card was actually the card that I sent out to my Online Customers for July to say thank you for their orders.  Here is a bunch of them prior to being sent out:

Don't they look good all together like that???

The background was created with the "Marbled" background stamp.  I've included a product list at the bottom of this page.  In the meantime, here is the video for you to check out:

Enjoy! (And if you haven't subscribed to my Youtube channel make sure you hit the "SUBSCRIBE" button over there!)

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Love Quilting? The Quilted Christmas Suite is for you..... (another Sneak Peek!)

Today I am showing off another new suite from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalogue.... and for the sewing/quilting people out there.. this one is for you!   This fabulous new suite is called "Quilted Christmas" and there are stamps, framelits, DSP and accessories to match.  I love that all the pieces co-ordinate and fit together, and there are so many options.

Today I've used the DSP in the background of my card, and then used the framelits and stamps to create the centre piece. The centre flower is stamped and then the pieces cut so that they fit into the silver glimmer frame. I love how easy it is to piece them together.   (This card is to say thank you to a friend for her recent kindness to me and yes, she is a quilter.  I used the "Thank You" from the Daisy Delight stamp set)

The Quilted Christmas bundle will be available from September 1st, 2017.   I'll be showing off lots more that you can do with it, but in the meantime enjoy this sneak peek!

Linda x

Monday, 14 August 2017

Video Tutorial: Square Cut out Christmas card with the Carols of Christmas Bundle

On the weekend I made this cute Christmas card.  I love how the flower cut outs in the background frame the sentiment.  The pieces are all from the Carols of Christmas bundle.... and I have been having SOOOOO much fun with this awesome set!

If you are thinking of getting this bundle for yourself don't forget my little special this month... for the month of August (2017) I am offering a pack of mini dimensionals to anyone ordering this bundle via my Online Store.  Click HERE to go to the Online Store.   Just make sure you use this Hostess Code when prompted:


I decided that a video tutorial would be a good idea to show how I created some of the elements on this card... in particular the flower cut out background, and the sentiment "Peace".... which I have used from the stamp that says "Peace on Earth".  The video has some good tips on how to achieve this.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Weekend Crafting with new products.... Latest Sneak Peek!

I love the weekends when you have a little downtime and can indulge your passions.  Something I love to do is play with new products and this weekend I go to do just that!  There are so many truly gorgeous Stampin'Up products coming your way next month with the release of our new 2017 Holiday catalogue...  and I am really enjoying playing with them right now!

One of my favourite perks of being a StampinUp demonstrator is getting our hands on the products first! We usually get to order our items the month before our customers.  I love all the excitement that surrounds a new catalogue and I love knowing that my customers are busting to get those catalogues in their own hands too. 

So today I wanted to show you a sneak peek of a new suite coming your way... its called the "Year of Cheer" suite, and there are so many gorgeous products in it... I haven't even shown you half of them yet!  But here's just a glimpse at the "Cheers to the Years" stamp set and the Winter Wonder Embossing folder. I've chosen to use the debossed side of the folder in the background, and added a sentiment from the stamp set, and 2 small snowflakes, all embossed in silver.  For some shiny touches I added some Fabulous foil acetate, and some glimmer dots. 

Here's a close up:

If you are in Australia and would like to get your hands on a free copy of this new Holiday catalogue please let me know by clicking HERE.... and I'll send one to you.  Or if you are in driving distance of the Central Coast and would like to come along to my new catalogue launch see HERE for details. 

Enjoy this little sneak peek! 

Linda x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Quick Tip Video Tutorial: Chalkboard Technique the easy way

Chalkboard is so on trend these days... even though its been around for while, it doesn't seem to be going away!  Its great for adding a bit of drama to your cards, and it works for all kinds of occasions. 

Today I've paired it with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.... those big sentiments really lend themselves well to this particular technique.  And I have a super easy cheat's way of achieving the look with a minimum of fuss..... Check out the little video I made today to show you how. 

Enjoy the card AND the video and I'll be back with more for you soon.