Brusho Crystal Colour

By | 17/01/2018

Another exciting new product from Stampin’ Up! – Brusho Crystal Colour.  This product can be used in a number of different ways to give your a variety of free style effects.

For the low down on this product we have the lovely Carrie from home office:-

If you live in New Zealand and wish to purchase these products or any other Stampin’ Up! products you can do so HERE.

Happy stamping!

Christine

Beautiful Day – Floating Watercolour

By | 15/01/2018

One of the advantages of being an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is that we get to attend several events through out the year and at some of these events such as big our On Stage event we receive free products ahead of their release along with a sneak peak at the new catalogue.

Equally I also attend regular team training events where we can choose to take part in  a ‘swap’ (we make a number of cards the same and swap them with other demonstrators).  So the stamp set I have used for today’s card is one that I received at the Auckland On Stage event in November and the card was my swap for the December team training.

The stamp used is “Beautiful Day” and it is in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue starting from 3 January 2018.

To create the colouring on the butterfly, I firstly heat embossed with gold embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock, spritzed with water until quite wet.  Using an Aqua Painter I picked up colour from dips of re-inker, just touched it to the water and let nature take it’s course.  The colour just floats out into which ever direction it chooses to give the mottled effect.  Each card butterfly looks different.  Once it had dried, I applied a light coat of clear Wink of Stella, just for that bit of sparkle.

The back ground is created using a combination of Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics stamp sets.

I must confess that the other swaps didn’t have the rhinestones on them….. I had a little bit of an accident when stamping this particularly card.  I broke the golden rule and rocked that stamp a little thus leaving a bit of the outline showing….. what better place to put a rhinestone?!

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Beautiful Day (2018 Occasions Catalogue), Butterfly Basics, Timeless Textures

Cardstock:  Shimmery White, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizazz, Versa Mark

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones, Paper snips

Heartfelt Blooms

By | 13/01/2018

 Believe it or not, you can earn this stamp set (Heartfelt Blooms) for free!

This lovely stamp set includes 1 image and several  greetings in a beautiful font.

I have stamped Whisper White Card stock with Sweet Sugar Plum for the image, and Berry Burst  for the greeting.  This has all been layered onto the matching card stock and topped with a Berry Burst Crinkle Ribbon.

And if pink isn’t your colour, how about blue?  In this instance Marina Mist and Night of navy.

And I bet you noticed the Rhinestones on the blue version.  That wasn’t my original intent however once again I made a wee mistake….. perfect spot for a rhinestone I’d say…. wouldn’t you?

Stunning card achieved without difficulty.  Sometimes simple really is the best.

For more ideas and information, please feel free to check out the following video direct from Stampin’ Up!.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Heartfelt Blooms (2018 SAB)

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Sweet Sugar Plum, Berry Burst, Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Ink:  Sweet Sugar Plum, Berry Burst, Marina Mist, Night of Navy

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Basic Rhinestones, Paper snips, Berry Burst Crinkle Ribbon, Night of Navy Crinkle Ribbon.

Barn Door Bundle

By | 11/01/2018

One of the new exciting products that Stampin’ Up! have just realeased is the new Barn Door stamp set and co-ordinating Sliding Door Framelits dies which can be used to create fabulous interactive cards.  These items can also be purchased as part of a bundle to save 10%.

If you live in New Zealand and wish to purchase these products or any other Stampin’ Up! products you can do so HERE.

Happy stamping!

Christine

Party Panda – Sale-a-bration

By | 09/01/2018

With the release of the 2018 Occasions Catalogue, we also have the start of Sale-a-bration which runs from 3 January through to 31 March.

Send NZ$110 on any products and choose a free Level 1 item from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.  Send NZ$220 and choose either two free Level 1 items or one Level 2 item.

For today’s card I have used the Party Pandas stamp set which you can earn for free.

My daughter needed several quick little cards to send as a thank you to relatives for her Christmas and birthday presents and this is what I came up with.

I have simply used a notecard, embossing it with the Layering Leaves embossing folder.  For the topper I have stamped the panda using Early Espresso (I very rarely use black as I feel it is too harsh), cut him out with Stitched Shape framelits, and layered it onto a scalloped oval from the Layering Oval Framelits.

These cards took a matter of minutes to make and my daughter loves them.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Party Pandas (2018 SAB)

Cardstock:  Whisper White Note cards, Whisper White, Sweet Sugar Plum
Ink:  Early Espresso
Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Layer Oval Framelits, Stitched Shape Framelits

2018 Occasions – Designer Series Papers

By | 07/01/2018

With the launch of the 2018 Occasions Catalogue Stampin’ Up! has brought out and exciting new range of Designer Series Papers.  Combinations of vibrant colour, foil finishes and some with just that little bit of sparkle.

SU! have put together the following video to give you a sneak peak.  So here it is:-

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all these fabulous Designer Series and Specialty Series papers can be purchased HERE.

Flying Home

By | 04/01/2018

This sweet little stamp set (Flying Home – 2018 Occasions Catalogue) works well with the new Stampin’ Blends.  I am very much a novice Blends users but have been pleased with my results thus far.

Stampin’ Blends are our new alcohol makers designed the allow shading within each of the colours.  Each colour is available individually or all the colours can be purchased together.  Also each colour has a lighter and darker shade thus allowing the shaded colour effect.

I have stamped the image on Whisper White card stock and coloured with Stampin’ Blends before die cutting using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  I like doing it this way as if I make a mistake I haven’t wasted a large pieces of card stock.

If you look closely you may notice a little shading on the birds house and the bird.  Equally some of the flowers are two tone to create  depth.

The main card base has been embossed using the Layer Leaves embossing folder to add extra dimension.

Once again a simple, easy card.

Don’t forget that during Sale-a-bration you can earn free products with purchases over NZ$110.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  Flying Home (2018 Occasions Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pool Party
Ink:  Early Espresso
Miscellaneous:  Stampin’ Blends, Layer Leaves Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Stitched Shape Framelits

2018 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration are HERE!!!!

By | 03/01/2018

Today marks the launch of the 2018 Occasions Catalogue along with 2018 Sale-a-bration.

Feel fee to click the images to down load a PDF copy of the catalogues.

The 2018 Occasions Catalogue includes some exciting new products including the new Lots of Happy Card kit, Brusho Crystal Colour, the vibrant Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, and as usual fabulous stamp set, framelit/thinlits, and co-ordinating Designer Series Papers (DSP).

Sale-a-bration (SAB) this year offers a variety of stamp sets, card kits, DSP and for the first time, thinlit dies.  Also for the first time this year there are two different “level” of SAB items.  Level 1 items can be chosen when you spend NZ$110.  If you spend NZ$220 you can either choose two level 1 items, or one level 2 item.  The choice is yours.

I have already completed a number of projects using some of these new products and  look forward to sharing these with you over the next few month so please check back regularly to see what I have come up with.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies in these catalogue can be purchased HERE.

High Tide Revisited

By | 31/12/2017

A few days ago, I posted a card using the High Tide stamp.  Today I have another using the same set but not concentrating so much on the lighthouse.

This is such a versatile set.  At one point, when I was playing I noticed that I had actually used all the stamps in the set….. that’s a sign of a good stamp set.

I find this particular card very restful whether it be used for a birthday card, get well card or more general than that.  You could use any greeting but I have chosen to used one from the wonderful Butterfly Basics stamp set.

The main image is created using a mask and sponging for the circle with the sea stamped at the same time.  The rest is stamped once the mask is removed.

Once again, this card is created using very minimal supplies yet is still very effective.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  High Tide

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Soft Sky

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer

High Tide

By | 28/12/2017

This is another one of those stamp sets that didn’t immediately jump out at me.  It’s amazing how often that happens and then I absolutely adore the set in question.

I have had a bit of a play and I love the serene images it creates.  Perfect for many occasions and particularly those difficult masculine or gender neutral cards that we all seem to have difficulty with.

This is a photopolymer stamp set that uses “two step stamping” to create dimension particularly with the light house.  It also includes four inspirational greeting suitable for many occasions.

With this set it is easy to create beautiful images using a combination of colours.  In this instance, the light house is Pacific Point and Smokey Slate, the land masses are Sahara Sand with Soft Suede for the grasses, and Early Espresso for the birds and the greeting.

This card is made with just stamps, inks and card stock.  What could be simpler.

Happy stamping!

Christine

If you live in New Zealand all supplies used to create these projects can be purchased HERE.

Supplies used:
Stamp set:  High Tide

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Smokey Slate

Miscellaneous:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Trimmer