Sunday, 26 January 2020

Honey Bee card inspiration

Do you ever find inspiration in unexpected places?  I do!  Im a little bit embarrassed to admit my inspiration for this card... you might think me a bit crazy for this one!

I was driving home on the freeway from a card workshop on Friday, and happened to look in my rear vision mirror.  Behind me was a Volvo, and something about the front grate caught my eye.  Suddenly I was planning out a card design based loosely on what I had seen.  Can you kinda see the resemblance??

Of course if I had used a circle for my central motif that would have been even closer. But I chose a square in this case.  Inspiration is wherever you find it right??

Here's the inside of my card.. just simply stamped:

Anyhoo.... thats how this card idea came to be!  Im pretty happy with the result.  Every card I have made with this Honey Bee bundle has made my heart happy! Its such an easy set to use.  If you are looking for a great set that works for lots of different occasions, then Honey Bee might just be your go-to set too!

The gold and black paper is a free SAB item, available as a gift-with-purchase when you place a $90 order.  The whole bundle (stamps and dies) is only $72.  I also used Memento Black ink to stamp my bees and a Mango Melody blend to colour in my stripes.  I've included a full product list below to help you if you wish to purchase any of these items for yourself.  Hit the SHOP NOW button on this page to go shopping! Items are shipped directly to you, anywhere in Australia.

Oh... and to all my fellow Australians... Happy Australia Day today!

Linda D

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Timeless Tulips for a great Team Day Out

Last weekend I held a great event with my team of Stampin'Up demonstrators.  We had 29 of us in the room and it was a fabulous day.  There was training, Make and Take projects, prizes, giveaways, games and a 2-course lunch.  I was fortunate to have Clare from our head office (Sydney) in attendance, and I was so happy with the day.

I will be sharing a couple of our projects from this event, and today I wanted to show the very first project that we were able to do.  I designed this one using the Timeless Tulips bundle, and I love the soft colours.  The background paper is the Parisian Blossoms DSP, and the background cardstock is Petal Pink.  My inks were Petal Pink, Calypso Coral and Mossy Meadow. 

What do I love most about this stamp set?  That there is a matching punch of course!  I love using bundles like this because they are so easy to use! 

You can order your own bundle by clicking on my SHOP NOW button on this page!

I think all my team members enjoyed making this card.... and I hope you like it too!

Linda D

Friday, 17 January 2020

Simple Stamping with the Painted Poppies set

It's been a while since my last post, but there's a very good reason why!  In the past two weeks we have moved house..... and to be quite honest I am horrified as to how much stuff we have!  Such a mammoth job.... several days of which was committed entirely to sorting and moving my craft room space!  I am now in the new studio, but there is still a LOT to be done.... but box by box I will get there!  I'll have some photos for you when I have it complete!

In the meantime I have carved out a bit of space to create on.... and wanted to share a card that I created this week with one of my favourite new sets... the Painted Poppies stamp set!  This set is a fabulous stamping set.... and even though there are matching dies and accessories, its actually very good just on its own.  You can get some really great results just with stamps, ink and paper, and its an easy set to use.

Today I just used Memento black ink for the outlines, and used the solid watery image in Poppy Parade.  It came together in just a few minutes.

I also used the Peaceful Moments stamp set for the sentiment, and stamped that with Memento too. I've included a product list for you below should you wish to purchase any of these items for yourself.

I will be back with more regular posting now that my studio is starting to take shape!

I do hope you are enjoying our new catalogues and taking advantage of the Sale-A-Bration freebies... you get to choose a free item for every $90 order you place.

Have fun!

Linda D

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Saturday, 4 January 2020

Introducing the beautiful Tropical Oasis bundle

Yesterday I played with the Tropical Oasis stamp set (and co-ordinating products) for the very first time... and this card you see is the result of that play!  Isnt it beautiful!?  The colours in the suite are fun and really evoke that Tropical feeling.  As many of you might know I have a trip to Maui (with Stampin'Up) coming up later this year, and I think this beautiful suite is going to really come in handy!

Here's a close up:

If you are in Australia and would like to order these products... or even just want to see what's on offer in our gorgeous new catalogue then click HERE to visit the Online Store!

We are in the middle of a house move this week so Im keeping my posts brief! For more pictures head over to my Facebook business page.


Linda D

Friday, 3 January 2020

Video Tutorial: Introducing the Parisian Blossoms Suite!

Happy New Year!  For my very first post of this brand new decade I thought it made sense to show you something brand new!  This is one of my favourite suites from the about-to-be-released Mini Catalogue - this gorgeous new catalogue will be available to shop from on Friday 3rd January.... thats THIS WEEK!!!  Im really excited to see what you all will love the most, because there sure is a lot of lovely new things to play with!

This suite is called the Parisian Blossoms suite.  And Im sure you can see why I love it already.... its soft and swirly and romantic.... so it really does tick all my boxes!  To introduce you to these lovely products I made a video tutorial.... and you also get a sneak peek of the craziness of my craft studio right now (we are moving house!).

You'll have to let me know what you think of this gorgeous suite! Back with more for you soon!

Here is the video:

Thursday, 2 January 2020

The very LAST DAY to order from our 2019 Holiday catalogue!

As you may know, today is the final day of the 2019 Holiday catalogue (pictured above). With many items retiring for good, its really important to check out what you want as you may not be able to get them after today. You can do that by clicking HERE and checking out the catalogue (and close outs) on the Online Store. While you are there check out the Clearance Rack and grab yourself a bargain!

And of course our new 2020 Mini Catalogue goes LIVE TOMORROW!  Im excited for this, and with so much gorgeousness on offer I think you will love it!

Happy New Catalogue!!!

Linda D

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Watercolouring Tutorial with the Parisian Blossoms Suite

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!  Its the very last day of 2019 and so I wanted to wish you an amazing year ahead!

This week its my turn to do the tutorial over on the Master Stamper site!  Each month myself and my colleagues Ann Clemmer and Pip Todman produce weekly videos so that you can learn new techniques and ideas, and see what's new!  This weekend its my turn and so I decided that it would be nice to do a watercolouring tutorial, and show you some of my tips to get great results with this favourite technique. I've given you a little sneak peek of the card we will be making in the picture above... but Im not showing the full card because that's just for Master Stamper members!

If you would like to know more about the Master Stamper program click HERE.  I love this program and I think you'll love it too. Stay for a few weeks, a few months, or as long as you like! You can cancel the membership at any time.

So if you would like to learn how to watrcolour with me, join Master Stamper this week!  My video will be up on the weekend, but there are well over 250 videos from Ann and Pip too!  Its a fabulous wealth of information!

A very happy new year to you all..... see you in 2020!!!

Linda D

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Sneak Peek at the Honey Bee stamp set and matching dies!

Hello friends! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas!  I have a quick share for you today, and it features some brand new products from our upcoming Mini Catalog that will be released to customers on the 3rd January 2020.  This is called the Honey Bee suite.... and today I have just used the stamps and dies to create this simple little card.

First I used the honeycomb dies to create a background on my white cardstock with Crushed Curry ink.  I stamped several bees in Memento black ink and cut them out with the matching die. I used a Mango Melody blends marker to colour in the stripes on their back, and added a dimensional behind each one.  For a bit of whimsy I used one of our Journalling pens to create dotted lines to show the path the bees might have taken, and then popped the bees where i wanted them.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set and added a strip of gold glimmer paper for a bit of sparkle, plus some gold sequins to finish.

I hope you enjoy my card today!  Im currently having a few days away with family and I hope that you are spending this Holiday time with people that you love too!

I'll be back again soon!

Linda D

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Video Tutorial: A Very Australian Christmas card!

I made this card a week or two ago, and finally today I found a little time to make a video tutorial on it.  We are currently in the middle of moving house, so to say things are chaotic is an understatement.  So its not really surprising that my video went a bit pear-shaped today too!  I was almost at the end, and suddenly I lost my audio... no idea why.... so the video ends a bit abruptly!  BUT the basics are all there, and i hope you enjoy it anyway!

Here is the tutorial:

I've included a product list of the items used below. You can purchase from this product list by clicking on the products that you want.  Or you can visit the ONLINE STORE.  There's also a great range of bargain items in the Clearance Rack.... so head to the store to see that too!

Enjoy the card! I've loved sharing my projects and my tutorials with you again this year, and you can bet you'll more designs and inspiration in the new year!  Love to you and your families, and be sure to check back for more ideas.  (And SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel so that you don't miss upcoming tutorials too!)

Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

SNEAK PEEK - Honey Bee stamps and dies from our upcoming Mini Catalogue

I have to tell you that I love bees!  I've always loved them.... when we were little my Dad used to do a little part-time bee keeping, and it was so fascinating. As an adult I still find them interesting, even though it seems there aren't as many of them around these days. And even though I do have a mild allergic reaction to their stings.  I love them, but dont love it when they sting!

So when I saw this super cute Honey Bee suite in our new Mini catalogue.... they went on my wish list straight away!  And Im so glad I got them!  The bee images are super detailed.... and they are also distINKtive style stamps, which means that they give you that beautiful light and dark shading!  I am super impressed with how these stamps stamp!

I hope you love the finished card as much as I do.... it was lots of fun to make. And how gorgeous is that background DSP with its lovely gold foil accents?? Its worth noting that the DSP is a free item, redeemable with a $90 order after January 3rd.

All of these items will be available after January 3rd... and its not long now!

I hope you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Linda D