Friday, 16 November 2018

Sparkly Spritzed Snowflake card

I know I've been a little bit quiet lately.... mainly because we celebrated in Melbourne last weekend with Stampin'Up at their local Onstage event.  It was a fabulous weekend!  Stampin'Up holds these training and sharing events twice a year (April and November).... they are for demonstrators only, and are the highlight of my calendar!

At last week's event I was recognised for reaching the title of Platinum (Its just a title stating where my business is with SU, and how much I get paid... so its kind of important in that way), plus I was also recognise for making the Greek Isles incentive trip.  This fabulous trip will be held in July 2019 and it cant come fast enough!

(Thats me second from the left hand end.  I love these girls!!)

Congratulations also to my fellow demonstrator and friend Leonie Schroder.... such a huge effort and I am really proud of you!

But these awesome training days are not just about recognition... they are also about sharing ideas, being part of the awesome stamping community and of course getting our hand on lots of brand new products!  Last weekend they also released the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues for 2019 and can I just say... you are going to love them!!!  Over the next 6 weeks or so until they are available, I'll be showing lots of sneak peeks of gorgeous new things!

(Side note: I posted more regularly on my Facebook Business Page and Instagram accounts... so if you would like to see more of my projects, head over there are like or follow me to see what I'm up to.  I also do Facebook Live video tutorials and prize giveaways over there....  so you dont want to miss it!)

But even with all this going on, I've still been creating almost every day, and today I wanted to show you another project made with the gorgeous Snowflake Showcase suite.  I used my embossing mats and  Snowfall thinlits for the background of this lovely card on Whisper White cardstock...  and then sponged over the snowflake shapes with Pool Party ink.  Then I used my spritzer and added some Rubbing alcohol (Isocol), a few drops of Frost White shimmer paint, and a few drops of Bermuda Bay ink.  The result is the sparkly spritzed background you see here.  (Probably hard to see the sparkliness of this background... its much better in real life!)  Then I added the sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink, and some White Velvet snowflakes over my sponged areas.  In real life it is soft and sparkly and oh so pretty!  I seriously I dont think you can make a bad card with this set! Its simply stunning!

I've included the product link below so you can shop online for these items to have for yourself!  NOTE:  THESE SNOWFLAKE SHOWCASE ITEMS ARE ONLY AVAILALBE UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH, AND THEN THEY ARE GONE!!!! So if you want them, please get them while there are still available.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Snowfall thinlits for Beautiful Christmas cards

Today I am sharing a very simple card that I created with the Snowfall thinlits from Stampin'Up.  I love these dies.... mostly because they are super versatile.  They contain 20 framelits in the one set (!) and so that you can use it all year round they have both snowflake and flower shapes. They pair beautifully with 2 new stamp sets... but today I have focused on the Snow is Glistening stamp set.  I stamped several of the snowflake images in the background (Mint Macaron ink on the same colour cardstock) and then some accent mini snowflakes in Tranquil Tide ink,  and then added a Champagne foil flourish cut with one of the dies. Lastly I added the central White Velvet snowflake and a faceted dot for a little bling.  The sentiment is from the same set and also stamped in Tranquil Tide ink.

I've included a product list below.  When you shop with me this month and spend over $50 you will automatically receive a Video Tutorial bundle that includes instructions to make a card made with this lovely set.  You can read more about the bundle above.

I hope you enjoy this little card today, and are enjoying this gorgeous suite of products... don't forget its ONLY available this month! (November 2018) If you would like to see even more ideas I have created with this gorgeous suite please visit my Facebook Business Page and be sure to "like" it for more updates!

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Video Tutorial: Easy Foil Snowflake card

Yesterday I did a little Facebook live video to show you how to create this awesome but easy Foil Snowflake card... but since not everyone is on my Facebook page (and if you would like to be click on over there and hit the "like" button so you dont miss any of my videos!) I thought I'd better do a YouTube video as well.

This card has been so popular with my customers and team members!  But when you know how... its such a quick and simple card! You could easily make a bunch of them really quickly.  I've listed the products you will need below so that you can purchase what you need.  And it does feature the new Snowfall framelits which are released TODAY!

For this you will need our Embossing mats... if you dont have this awesome tool yet for your Big Shot then you are seriously missing out!  Embossing mats turn your framelits into embossing tools!  So that means that suddenly your framelits can do even more!  You can watch how to use the mats in the video if you havent seen them used before... once you know how, you will want to use them all the time!

Without further ado here is the video....

Thanks for hanging with me today.... check back again soon for more ideas and inspiration!

Linda D

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Happiness Surrounds Sneak Peek

In case you havent heard, on November 1st Stampin'Up are releasing a new suite of products called the Snowflake Showcase suite.  To be honest, I kind of wish they had called it something else... because it is a suite that is so much more than just snowflakes.  And here in Australia, thats important to a lot of people.  I've heard many times from customers that they dont "do" snowflakes at Christmas time.  Of course there are those that DO... me being one of them. I mean they are so pretty.... and when else do we get to use them?  I dont want to spend a life time not using snowflakes when they are so beautiful!

Having said all that... some of the products in the suite are not snowflake related.  For example, one of the sets is called "Happiness Surrounds"... and it is made up of a series of floral images as well as some cute sentiments.  AND it also matches the framelits in the suite... these are called the Snowfall thinlits.  So you can cut flowers and springtime elements with the framelits as well as die cut snowflake shapes.  The best of both worlds really!

The framelits feature 20 different dies.... and they can be used for a range of different types of cards.  Today I have used both the Happiness Surrounds set as well as the Snowfall thinlits on this simple little congratulations card.  I stamped my larger flower shape in Versamark and then embossed it in clear embossing powder.  I then sponged over it with Pineapple Punch ink.  I added a layer of gold starry washi tape and then my other die cut elements.  The larger die cut flower is cut from Black Foil, and I added a couple of the smaller flower from the set, and sponged the edges of that with Pineapple Punch ink.  I used a couple of embellishments to finish it off... some gold metallic thread, and a black faceted dot in the centre of the larger flower.

I love putting together little cards like this... the different elements work so well together! I hope you like it too!

Linda D

Sunday, 28 October 2018

A little Country Reindeer with the Festive Farmhouse DSP

Hello crafty friends... I decided to create this little card yesterday with the Festive Farmhouse paper. I love to combine suites or sets and I love how the tapestry design on this gorgeous reindeer from the Dashing Deer set works so well with the Festive Farmhouse papers.

The reindeer himself is stamped in Black Stazon ink on Champagne Foil paper.. doesnt he come up beautifully?? Of course I used the matching framelits to cut him out perfectly.  So glad not to have to cut him out by hand!!!

And just because I could, I also snuck another suite of products in there for good measure.  We have a whole new suite of products coming out on the 1st November... it's called the Snowflake Showcase suite, and it features a fabulous bunch of products that you will LOVE!  I used the "Snow is Glistening" stamp set to create the little cascade of snowflakes at the top of my background, and also the "For You" sentiment which is from the same set.

If you would like to see more of these products, I featured the whole suite on my Facebook Live video today... and showed just a few ways to use these sensational products. (Especially that new White Velvet paper.... its really versatile and you are going to love that touchy-feely velvety-ness)  So hop over to my Business Page to check out these gorgeous products!

I hope you like today's card, and I'll have lots more coming your way!

Linda D

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Video Tutorial: A quick punch trick with the Christmas Traditions punch box!

Here's a quick little tip to make your punches even more useful!  Ive used the punch from the Christmas Traditions punch box... but this would work for lots of different punches so I suggest experimenting with the ones you have.

Simple ideas are often the best!  You will love that you can create these cute little opening tags.. perfect for all your gifts this Christmas!

Here's the video... please comment on YouTube and let me know what you think!

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Sneak Peek at the Snowflake Showcase suite

In November Stampin' Up are releasing this gorgeous bundle of products for us to play with... introducing the Snowflake Showcase suite.  Today I have used one of the stamp sets (called "Snow is Glistening"), along with the matching framelits to create this simple but effective card.  Getting a new set is always exciting.... even I dont know what Im going to create sometimes. I just start, and it takes shape as I work.

For this card I started with the stencil of the snowflake.  I had cut the snowflake for another card, and then decided to use the stencil that was left over as the beginning point for this card. I sponged Mint Macaron ink inside the snowflake shape, and then I added the green snowflake flourish die cut in the same coloured cardstock.  Using Mint Macaron ink again I stamped a few random snowflakes in the background, and added those cute teeny tiny snowflakes in the darker Tranquil Tide ink.  The "Merry" is die cut from Champagne foil with the Merry Christmas thinlits, and the "Christmas" is from the matching stamp set, which I punched with the Classic Label punch. Lastly I added a few basic rhinestones.  I think the whole card ended up looking quite whimsical and spontaneous... which it kinda is!

If you love snowflakes you are going to love these items.  There is also another stamp set in the suite which is more of an "all year round" set.... they are more like stylised flower shapes.  Its called "Happiness Surrounds".  I'll be posting more cards made with these new products both here on the blog and of course even more often on my Facebook Business page. Make sure you have "liked" the page so that you can see my creations as I post them!

Here's a close up of my card today.... I hope you like it!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Clean and simply stamped Scrapbook Layout

I was actually a scrapbooker before I ever made a card!  I fell in love with scrapbooking when my first child was only about a year old. I was recovering from Post Natal Depression and it was suggested to me that it would be good to find a hobby... something creative to occupy myself with.  As many of you would know having your first bubby is sometimes a trying time, and crafting with other Mums is cathartic in so many ways!

Fast forward to several years later and I had a second child who was almost a year old... thats when I discovered Stampin'Up!  I loved it as soon as I saw it... the products were high quality and I loved the whole co-ordination thing that Stampin'Up does so well.  No more having to scour craft shops to find the right shade to match a page... it was already right there with Stampin'Up. Plus, I thought maybe I could make enough money to cover my scrapbook habit, which was considerable.  I didnt want to be taking money out of the family budget.  So I joined as a demonstrator to get my own supplies at a discount AND to make a bit of extra money.  I promised I would earn back the price of the demonstrator kit.

Which happened within the first month! I was stunned.... but I was having so much fun with it, I just decided to run with it and see what happened.

12 years, 11 incentive trips, hundreds of awesome friends and a ton of fun later, here I am!  My little decision to join Stampin'Up ended up changing my life!

I still scrapbook (as you can see) as well as make all kinds of papery projects.... all of which I enjoy and still provides me with that creative outlet I wanted from the start.  I have never regretted my decision, and if you are reading this, then you will know that I LOVE what I do! I cant imagine doing anything else!

The page above today is one I created for my bi-monthly Scrapbooking Class in the Hunter Valley.  I used one of the lovely stamp sets in our Holiday catalogue (Beautiful Blizzard) to create a backdrop of my photo, and also added in the "Love you to Pieces" bundle, which is perfect for romantic pages or for any page all about love.  My ladies loved it, and changed the colours to suit their photos where necessary.  Even though Beautiful Blizzard was created with a snowy theme in mind, I think it works well for all kinds of occasions.

I hope you love it too!

Linda D x

ps If you would like any further info about becoming a Demonstrator in Australia yourself, contact me or click the "Join my Team" button above.

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