Thursday, 22 June 2017

Rescheduled: This month's technique class.... TEXTURE!

As many of you might know I had to postpone my Texture technique class last week.  For those of you that were booked into the class I have news......I have decided to reschedule the class to next week.  Here are the new details....

Tuesday 27th June @ 7.30pm


Wednesday 28th June @ 11.15am

Cost is $25 and you will be making 3 awesome projects using LOTS of texture. In particular we will work with the new Embossing paste, and you are going to see how much fun it is!

To book in, click HERE

I'll be away for a couple more days, but am still available via email, or you may leave a message on my mobile.

Thanks for your patience!

Linda x

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Wood Words Thank You card

Just a quick and simple thank you card today. This is one that I am doing for an upcoming workshop and I thought I'd share it with you too.

Here's a closer shot...


Linda D x

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Its the little things....

There is a beautiful quote that reads... "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart" (From Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne) and this week I have been reminded of this.

Some of you knew that my Mum was very ill, and this week she lost her battle. We sat with her in the hospital for several days this week, and watched helplessly as she struggled bravely.  On Thursday morning she slipped quietly away.

It is hard to write this post, because finding the right words is difficult.  There is so much to say, and so few appropriate words to describe the feelings I have.  But there are a few things that I need to say.

The kindness and gentleness shown to our family over this past week has been beyond description.  The staff at the hospital and then in the Palliative care unit (Tamworth Base Hospital) went so far beyond what their jobs actually require that I was moved to tears many times.  While she still breathed they treated her with such loving care, and many times had words for us to help with the distress we all felt during this time. The rose in the picture above is what they laid on her chest just after she passed.  Such a small gesture and so beautiful.  Then friends and family who have expressed their heartfelt messages.  People who were brave enough to come and sit with us in the hospital room.  Folk who have offered meals to my Dad.  Friends who offered us a place to stay while in Tamworth... nothing was too much trouble. Visits daily from the pastor, and prayers from church members, and hugs on call. It has been both a distressing but also a beautiful week.  I cannot express my thanks enough.  My heart is both empty and full.

The week ahead will be difficult for us too... as we prepare and get organised for the funeral.  We know that the support of many people and many prayers will get us through the week.

The other thing I wanted to say was how my parent's marriage has profoundly affected me.  My parents believed without question that marriage was for life. They were married for 56 beautiful years, and they were so gentle with each other.  Best friends and life partners.  It was such a privilege to be part of their family and to watch them together.  I never once heard my parents raise their voices at each other.  They always put each other first, and still held hands when they were out and about together. My dad always made my Mum a cup of tea in the morning (up until she lost her taste for tea a few years back when Mum went through Chemotherapy) and they prayed together every morning.  Pretty amazing really.

In the photo above I am holding my Mother's wedding ring, which they gave me just after she passed away.  She had tiny fingers and I am terrified that it will fall off my little finger (the only finger it will fit on) so I have it on a chain.  Such a small but precious reminder of something so important.

Today I sat down to do this little "Memories and More" layout... its a small thing, but incredibly comforting... and I guess a bit of therapy for me too.  My dad and my brother and myself all sat down and went through a lot of photos this week, and I am hoping to be able to put together a Memories and More album for him.  As a tribute and something precious to keep.

Thank you for your patience with me this week... I will of course get back to posting a bit more often, but probably not immediately.   The online shop is still there if you need anything in the meantime.

Love and hugs

Linda D

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Coffee Cafe, Copper and Texture!

Here is a set I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it!  It's called the "Coffee Break" suite and its a whole suite of products that include the Stamp Set and framelits (as a bundle) plus co-ordinating DSP, Corrugated Elements and a matching cardstock pack.  Love them!

The stamp set itself is called "Coffee Cafe", and its a super fun set of takeaway cups and all the accessories you might expect at your local coffee shop.  Plus there is framelits to cut them out (of course).  Here I also used my Burlap background stamp to add extra texture behind my coffee cup, and embossed a piece of copper foil to up the texture too.  I used the Seaside embossing folder for this... but I kinda thought it looked a bit like coffee steam :-)  The burlap trim brought it all together.

There is one other item I added... I used the coffee foam framelit to create a stencil for the foam, and then used my Embossing paste over the top of the stencil to create a realistic looking foam which I then popped onto dimensionals.  Its hard to see in the pic, but it is uneven just like real foam would be.

You'll be seeing quite a few cards and projects made with these items in the coming weeks.

I've included a product list below for you....


Linda D

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

2017 Ribbon and Paper Shares for my Australian Readers!

Hello everyone!

Have you seen our new Incolor range yet?  Each year StampinUp announces a new group of five fashion colours, and in the above pic you are looking at this year's new colours.  I love the way they all go together, and if you've been following along, you would have noticed I've been using them all A LOT, in different combinations.

A few weeks back I mentioned on my Facebook Business page that I was going to do both ribbon and paper shares this month.  The time has come!  You can sign up for either the Ribbon OR Paper share, or both.  You just need to CONTACT ME to let me know which ones you are wanting. I'll organise to get them to you via post (local customers are welcome to collect them from me here on the Central Coast if preferred).  I'll close the share off Friday 23rd June, and start sending them off the following week.  Here are the details:

Ribbon Share:
1/4 roll of each of the 5 colours of Incolor Finely woven ribbon.
That works out to be approximately 2.2m of each colour.
Cost will be $16 per share for all 5 colours.

Paper Share:

Receive 1/4 of the pack of "Fresh Florals" DSP.... front and backs of each design in all five colours.  Paper will be cut into 6"x6" sheets and mailed directly to you.  This paper matches your ribbons perfectly if you choose to do both shares.
Cost is $12 to take part in the paper share.

Or you can do BOTH shares for $25!

You will need to let me know that you are IN... and which of the two shares you'd like to do (or both).  Click HERE to contact me and let me know.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Loving this! New Embossing paste from Stampin'Up for instant texture!

Today I am showing off one of our awesome new products.... its called Embossing Paste and you'll find it on page 201 of our brand new Annual Catalogue.  Right now, texture is bigger than ever (it never really went away in my opinion!) and if you want to make your projects instantly more appealing and tactile, this is a simple and fast way to do it!

The paste is super easy to use, and thankfully it dries fast too.  Next week I will be featuring it in my monthly technique classes so if you are anywhere near the Central Coast (NSW) consider coming along for a class.... Details for the class are below:

Tuesday 13th June @ 7.30pm
Wednesday 14th June @ 11.15am

Cost is $25 and includes all materials and refreshments too

To book your spot click HERE.  Numbers are limited!

I'll also be doing a video tutorial showing some cool things you can do with the paste, so look out for that!

I've included a product list below for you should you wish to purchase your own items to recreate my card.  If you are in Australia you can order online HERE and have the items shipped to your door anywhere in Australia for a low postage charge!  Don't have a new catalogue yet?  Order from me through my ONLINE STORE this month and receive one in the post for free.


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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Tranquil Tulips in new In Colors

This right here is one of my favourite new sets from our brand new Annual Catalogue (released last week)... its called "Tranquil Tulips" and it is completely beautiful!  It is a photopolymer stamp set - so it is a clear set of stamps that you use with clear acrylic blocks.

The other thing that is special about this set is that it is a Hostess Set... that means you can only get it for free in one of two ways...

1. Put in an order over $250 and you will automatically qualify for free products... if you love this set you could choose it as a free item.

2. Host a party with your friends.  There are multiple ways to do this... you can hold an actual crafting event in your home and invite your friends - with ample time to shop the new catalogue for beautiful new items.  Or you can host an online party... Facebook is fabulous for doing parties and events.  Or you can even just pass a catalogue or two around and take orders.  As soon as your order or combined orders go over $250 you get 10% of the value in free stuff!

And right now for the month of June if your order or orders go over $450 you will receive an extra $45 in benefits on top of the existing benefits!  So its a great time to be hosting or joining orders together!

Here's a close up of today's card....

I've used 3 colours of our new Incolor range and I love them together!  The colours are Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.... aren't they beautiful together! And the background paper is the beautiful "Fresh Florals" papers which are an assortment of the Incolor range too.... so perfect to use with your new colours.  I just love how fresh they look together!

Happy Stamping!

Linda x

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Christmas window card with the Colourful Seasons bundle

This week I have my monthly Stamp-a-Stacks and we are going to be making 6 cards as always at these events. There are 2 different designs and we make 3 of each. This month being the half-way point of the year means that one of the designs will be a Christmas card... and Im showing it here today.  From next month (July) we will be doing ALL Christmas cards at this event each month so that we all have plenty of cards by the time that Christmas rolls around.

Details of the class are as follows:

Tuesday 6th June @ 7.30pm


Wednesday 7th June @ 11.15am

All materials and refreshments provided. Cost is $20 for all 6 cards!

If you live anywhere near the Central Coast I would love to see you!

To let me know you are coming along, click HERE.

Happy Stamping!

Linda x

Monday, 5 June 2017

A Trifold Window card with the Colourful Seasons Bundle

I held my new catalogue launch on the weekend, and I thought you might like to see the cards we made.  (I also showed another one last week HERE)  This one is a Trifold Window card, and I used the Colourful seasons bundle AND the co-ordinating Colour Theory papers.  Aren't they lovely???  I kept it quite simple with just the Branch, blossoms and chair on the front, the DSP on the second layer behind the window, and room to write your greeting on the third layer (with a few more flowers stamped inside).  I also used some of our gorgeous new Glitter dots in the flower centres.

You can see how the trifold works in this picture:

Its not a difficult card to create... but it does have that "wow" factor going on! 

Ive included a product list below should you wish to create your own version of my card.  If you live in Australia, you can shop in my ONLINE STORE and products are delivered directly to your door, no matter where in Australia you are.  

Happy Stamping! 

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